Aug. 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Excitement and anticipation will take center stage when UC Davis begins practice on Monday for its 95th season of football and its first under new head coach Ron Gould.
Gould and his coaching staff will welcome 95 players to fall camp which will lead to the season opener on Aug. 31 at the University of South Dakota. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 14 against Northern Arizona.
Newcomers and returners will report to campus on Sunday afternoon before attending administrative meetings with department staff and the coaching staff later in the day. The Aggies will hit the field for the first time on Monday morning.
The Aggies will practice from 9:15-11:20 a.m. each day through Friday next week, opening the NCAA's mandated five-day acclimatization period in helmets the first two days followed by helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will mark the first day in full pads.
The team will practice from 10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. on the weekend before engaging the first of four two-a-day drills on Mon., Aug. 12. The Aggies will also practice twice on Aug. 14, Aug. 17 and Aug. 19. Two-a-day practices will run from 8:45-10:50 a.m. and 4-5:15 p.m.
Regular season practices will start the week of the first game, going from 8:30-10:20 a.m. on Aug. 27-29. The Aggies will not practice on Monday, Aug. 26 and will travel via charter to South Dakota on Aug. 30.
Gould and his staff will be opening their first fall camp after conducting winter conditioning and spring practice drills earlier this year.
"I'm very excited but I think the biggest thing is to stay focused," said Gould who came to UC Davis in December after 16 seasons at Cal. "We talked about focusing on the process and that's (approaching things) day to day.
"I will admit that I've woken up several times thinking of different plays, thinking about the team and practice and those things," he added. "I'm very excited, we just have to be sure we remain focused."
Gould has coached at his alma mater Oregon and also at Portland State and Boise State before joining the Golden Bears where he developed one of the nation's top rushing attacks that resulted in several players moving on to the NFL. He was eventually elevated to associate head coach before being appointed head coach at UC Davis last December.
He said the message he will deliver as head coach is the same messages he's been delivering to a more concise group when he was an assistant.
"It shouldn't change whether I'm a position coach or a head coach, or from when I was an associate head coach," he said. "We still have to get better. But now I have more guys that I'm giving that message to."
What's the message?
"Focus on the day to day. Don't focus on the outcome, just focus on getting better."
UC Davis will be on the road for the first two games this season, following its trip to South Dakota with a nonconference game at FBS member Nevada on Sept. 7. Three straight home games against Northern Arizona (Sept. 14), Portland State (Sept. 21) and Idaho State (Sept. 28) follow.
The Aggies will also host Montana (Oct. 12), Cal Poly (Nov. 2) and North Dakota (Nov. 16) while traveling for matchups at Southern Utah (Oct. 5), Northern Colorado (Oct. 19), Montana State (Oct. 26) and Sacramento State (Nov. 23).
Season tickets to the six-game home schedule are currently available and start at just $65.00. More information is available by selecting "Tickets" at www.ucdavisaggies.com or by contacting the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 (2471).
The Aggies will highlight their off-the-field team activities on Thu., Aug. 15 when they make their annual visit to The Shriner's Hospital for Children in Sacramento. The visit with patients and their families has become a tradition and one that has provided lasting memories for all involved.
Players, coaches and staff will lend their expertise to the annual Aggie Women's Huddle on Friday, Aug. 23, helping to showcase various points of the sport to Aggie faithful. Registration is $45 and includes a t-shirt and other activities. It begins at 6:30 p.m. More information is available by calling the Athletics Development office at (530) 754-7548.
UC Davis returns 45 letterwinners, including 18 starters, from last year's team that finished 4-7 overall and 3-5 in its first season in the Big Sky Conference.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all at Aggie Stadium)
All times are tentative and subject to change
(Aug. 5-9) - 9:15-11:20 a.m.
(Aug. 10) - 10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
(Aug. 11) - 1 p.m. (UPDATED TIME)
(Aug. 12, 14 & 17) - 8:45-10:50 a.m. and 4-5:15 p.m.
(Aug, 13, 15 & 16) - 9:15-11:20 a.m.
(Aug. 18) - 10:15-12:20 p.m.
(Aug. 19) - 8:45-10:50 a.m. and 4-5:15 p.m.
(Aug. 20-23) - 9:15-11:20 a.m.
(Aug. 24-25) - 10:15-12:20 p.m.
Week 4 - Game week vs. South Dakota
(Aug. 26) - OFF
(Aug. 27-29) - 8:30-10:20 a.m.
(Aug. 30) - Depart for South Dakota
AGGIE KICKOFF NOTES
UC Davis returns 45 letterwinners, including 18 starters... Included are eight starters on offense, seven on defense and three on special teams.
Turay was selected to the 2013 Preseason All-Big Sky team.
UC Davis was voted to finish 11th (media) and 12th (coaches) in preseason Big Sky polls.
Ron Gould enters his first year as UC Davis head coach. He previously coached at Oregon (1990-91), Portland State (1992), Boise State (1993-96) and Cal (1997-2012)... Among his running back proteges at Cal were Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), Jahvid Best (formerly Detroit Lions), Shane Vereen (New England Patriots), Justin Forsett (Houston Texans) and Will Ta'ufo'ou (Jacksonville Jaguars).
QB Randy Wright has started the last three seasons, including the opener at Cal during his redshirt freshman season. He has 7,092 career passing yards and 44 touchdowns.
Senior DE Nick King led UC Davis last year in sacks (6.5) and tackles for losses (14).
UC Davis' leading rusher (Colton Silveria, 590 yds, 3 TD's) and receiver (Galindo, 33-603, 3 TD's) also return... Additionally, WR Tom Hemmingsen, who led the team in 2011 (50-622, 7 TD's) is also expected back this season after missing last year due to injury.
The Aggies featured one of the top special teams corps in FCS last year. They led the FCS in net punting (41.36 avg.) and kickoff returns (26.35 avg.).