Spring Ball: Tuesday's Practice

Kevin Riley

The Cal football team's Tuesday practice was a tale of two drills, offensively.

In early 7-on-7 passing situations, all three of the Bears quarterbacks struggled to hook up with their receivers.

Kevin Riley continuously threw behind his wideouts and on two occasions, left Marvin Jones out to dry. Brock Mansion and Beau Sweeney both had accuracy issues of their own, but their biggest mistakes came in their decision-making.

Mansion threw into crowds twice, and was intercepted once.

Likewise, Sweeney was the victim of two pass break-ups—most notably including a near-interception by Bryant Nnabuife who saw spurts of first-team action. But when it came time for Cal's hurry-up offense, Riley and Mansion redeemed themselves.

Riley led the most efficient scoring drive on the day, culminating in a three-yard touchdown strike to tight end Anthony Miller. Mansion didn't move the ball as well with the second-team offense, but made the big throw when it counted.

With less than 15 seconds left, Mansion stepped up in the pocket and delivered on a post to redshirt freshman wideout Charles Satchell, who split the safeties for the score. Mansion's two-point conversion throw, though, was picked off in the end zone.

But while Riley and Mansion enjoyed some hurry-up success, Sweeney faltered in his only drive with the first team. Poor decisions to throw the ball continuously in the middle of the field led to unfortunate clock management and a failed drive.

In terms of the receiving core, Alex Lagemann continues to impress, making the Bears battled out wide all the more interesting. His diving grab on the end of a Riley throw was easily the standout catch on Tuesday, while first-teamer Nyan Boateng struggled to haul in balls on multiple occasions.

On Thursday, CalSportsDigest.com will feature spring standout wide receiver Alex Lagemann.


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