Cal Football Scrimmage: Spring Practice, Day 11

Chase Garbers and the offense light up the scoreboard

As has become customary for the Bears’ spring practice, Saturday marked “scrimmage day.” Although the defense started out strong, the Bears’ offense dominated the last three-fourths of the scrimmage session. In total, the Bears ran around 120 plays with the last 60 being full-tackle.

QB Chase Garbers contributed to four TDs during his situational reps. Overall, Garbers’ line for the scrimmage was 12-22 for 100 yards with a rushing TD and three passing TDs. In the second period redzone situation, Garbers ran in on 4th-and-goal from four yards out. In a later full-tackle redzone period, Garbers connected with WR Monroe Young on a slant for a seven-yard TD. On drives that started from the opposing 45, Garbers threw a seven-yard TD to TE Jake Tonges and a 34-yard TD on a go-route to Young. 

Today, Young cemented his emergence as a contender for more playing time in the Bears’ WR corps. Although Young isn’t known for his speed, he thinks that he’s ready to step on the field when he’s called to.

“I don’t want only be a route-runner, pass-catcher. I want to be an all-around receiver that could be depended upon by the coaches,” said Young after the scrimmage. 

In other notable stats news on offense, QB Zach Johnson went 10-12 for 99 yards and a touchdown. QB Robby Rowell went 7-10 for 98 yards and 2 TDs. QB Spencer Brasch went 2-4 for 18 yards. WR Justin Baker had a TD, and WR Ben Skinner scored the day’s longest TD, catching one for 56 yards from Rowell. RB Damien Moore had a 28-yard TD to finish the day with five carries for 58 yards, RB Chris Street added a 34-yard TD to finish at six carries for 56 yards, and RB Ashton Stredick had 13 carries for 75 yards.

On defense, the best play came when CB Brandin Smith knocked the ball out of TE Gavin Reinwald’s hands at the one-yard line for a fumble, recovered by S Craig Woodson. It was the day’s only turnover. ILBs Evan Tattersall and Trey Paster each had six tackles, with Paster also having a sack.

Post-scrimmage, Tattersall said “Everyone’s just kinda getting more and more comfortable tackling and just all that stuff because we didn’t get to do as much going into last year.”

The Bears will have four more spring practices, concluding with Saturday’s spring game at 2 p.m. on the PAC-12 Network.

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