April 25, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Fans will have one more opportunity to watch the UC Davis football team in action before it breaks until fall camp when the Aggies host their annual Spring Game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
Admission is free to the scrimmage which will feature four quarters of action with a running clock and players in full game uniforms. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the players and coaches on the field after the game. There'll be a variety of activities throughout the scrimmage including a booth where fans can take their pictures while wearing Aggie football gear.
Season ticket information as well as pocket schedules for the upcoming 2014 season will also be available.
The Aggies have been practicing four times a week since early April in preparation for a challenging schedule that begins on Aug. 30 at Stanford. Head coach Ron Gould said the players are excited about showcasing their work.
"Fans will see a very proud team, a disciplined team and a team that's going to come out with another opportunity to get better," he said. "They'll seize the moment. The guys are flying around with great effort and great enthusiasm and, most importantly, with attention to detail.
"It should be fun for the fans to come out and see the steps that we're taking," he added. "This is our last opportunity to get ourselves better."
With 16 players lost to graduation - including four-year starting quarterback Randy Wright - competition for starting positions on both sides of the ball has been strong. Gould has been pleased with the how the players have approached earning playing time.
"One of the things we talk about is we have to earn the right to say that 'I'm that guy that's going to come out and start the fall practices,'" he said. "We've got to keep competing. I applaud these young men. They've done a fabulous job of competing. We talk about competitive excellence and that's what we've been seeing out here from all the guys.
"Everybody has to earn the right to say they're a starter," said Gould. "If you were a starter last year, it has no bearing on this year. You've got to earn the right. That's life. That's part of competing."
Among the many players that have stood out to Gould this spring is running back Manusamoa Luuga. Luuga, who gained 227 rushing yards as a true freshman last fall, had a 46-yard gain against Nevada on his first collegiate carry. It was the second-longest run for the Aggies last season.
"Manu has done an unbelievable job this spring," Gould said. "He's made some runs and some cuts that have been quite sensational. He's learning how to pass-protect (and) has done an awesome job. He's grown leaps and bounds.
"It's been a treat to see this young man come out of his shell," added Gould. "You never know he's around but he has a big bite."
The Aggies will reconvene in early August to begin preparing for the 2014 season which, besides Stanford, is also highlighted by games against Fort Lewis (Colo.), Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Montana State, Montana, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly and Sacramento State.