By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 11:14 am in off-season stuff.
I had a chance to stop by the “Men’s Huddle” on Saturday. Pretty good stuff. There were about 75 fans there, and the coaching staff tried to emulate the program as much as possible. When I got there, the fans were in offensive and defensive meetings with the coaches. They put in plays, watched film, etc.
The highlight was putting the fans through pregame rituals. Linebacker Greg Van Housen gathered the fans together in the Big Game Room, where the team meets just before running through the tunnel prior to kickoff. He got them fired up and jumping up and down before heading to the tunnel in a frenzy. They burst onto the field with the Cal fight song playing, running through the steam machine right at the mouth of the tunnel like the players do.
Before the meetings, fans went through fundamental drills and had lunch. After running through the tunnel, they went through pre-game stretching, with Jeff Tedford administering high-fives to every participant. Then they broke off by position for pre-game drills.
There were several players on hand helping out, including Nate Longshore, Justin Forsett, Lavelle Hawkins, Mike Gibson, Craig Stevens, Rulon Davis, Thomas DeCoud and Syd’Quad Thompson. I’m sure there were others but I wasn’t there the whole time. Also, former players like Nick Harris and Troy Taylor were on hand.
All in all, looked like a pretty good event. The fans seemed pretty into it, and the coaches and players looked as though they were having fun with it as well.