Spring ball ends Saturday with the Cal Spring Football Experience, a two-hour event highlighted by the annual spring game at Memorial Stadium. The event begins at 11 a.m. and the stadium opens at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The spring game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks and can be seen streaming through www.Pac-12.com
More below on Cal Spring Football Experience activities.
Coach Sonny Dykes said Wednesday he is eager to see how players respond Saturday in game-like situations and in front of a crowd.
“Some guys will respond and play at a high level and other guys will fade and not play at a high level,” he said. “I think it’s important to figure that out right now.”
Here are some of Dykes’ other spring evaluations:
– Biggest surprise of spring: “I’d almost say quarterback has been the biggest surprise,” he said, referring to the progress of backups Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how they’ve played.”
– Other position area that has made the most progress: “We’ve made some tremendous strides at corner. I feel like Darius White and Darius Allensworth both are different players than they were a year ago. Cedric Dozier realizes he’s going to have to work really hard and compete to have a chance to get into the mix and I think he’s done that. It’s been good to see.”
– Player who has helped himself the most: “Brian Farley. He came out as a question mark and to me he rolled out of spring as one of our better offensive linemen.”
– Others: “Vic Enwere has made a big push. Darius White is a different player. Just to see the young linebackers keep getting better. Aisea (Tongilava is) much improved, Devante (Downs is) much improved and Hamilton (Anoa’i is) much improved. All three of those are where you want them to be. They’ve all made a big move. I think Kyle Kragen has really opened some eyes this spring as well. (James) Looney’s been about what we expected, so that’s been good.”
– Positions that remain most unresolved: “Still haven’t gotten as settled as we’d like at the safety position. Wanted to walk out of spring feeling like we were solid at the safety position. We feel like we have some guys who have a chance, but it’s not as solidified as I’d like it to be. We kind of expected that coming in, with (Griffin) Piatt being out, Stef (McClure) being out, (Quentin) Tartabull being out.
“And the kicking situation. I feel we’ve got some guys who are capable of getting the job done, but I don’t have a lot of clarity at that position yet. We’ll see how that develops over the summer.”
The first 250 fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday will receive Cal footballs and the first 2,500 will get posters. A “fun zone” will feature face painting, a photo station and giveaways. There will be in-game interaction with players and coaches.
Also, the dedication of the Pappy’s Boys Bench will be held at 9:30 a.m. outside Gate 3.
Because Saturday is Cal Day – an event that draw big crowds to the campus – fans are encouraged to take public transportation.