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August 16, 2007
That's a wrap on camp

NAPA - Training camp is over.

Tonight's final practice had plenty of funny moments. The best was defensive line coach Keith Millard throwing passes to the linemen.

Warren Sapp can catch. Derrick Burgess isn't bad, either.

Terdell Sands blamed the quarterback for his not making the catch.

Then there's poor Anttaj Hawthorne.

He ran a slant route and went to catch the ball and missed. The ball hit him below the belt, leaving him hunched over in pain and everyone laughing at him.

Fans in attendance, players and coaches laughed while Hawthorne looked pained. Sapp then picked up a ball and threw it at Hawthorne's head as he leaned over in pain.

The only person not laughing was Hawthorne.

The defensive backs played hot potato, but it didn't top Hawthorne's pain.

• The players also decided to trade jerseys since it was the last practice of camp.

Sapp squeezed into safety Stuart Schweigert's jersey only to take it off minutes later. Sapp is slimmed down, but not that much.

The best was Jerry Porter, wearing tackle Chad Slaughter's No. 78. It looked like a toddler wearing his father's work uniform.

• Leaving camp, no position battles really were decided. There's still no starting quarterback and still no JaMarcus Russell.

But with how Lane Kiffin runs things, we're at least a good week-plus from having a good idea who the starters are.

Jake Grove still is the starting center, though Jeremy Newberry could wrest the job away.

Who starts at defensive end opposite Derrick Burgess is anyone's guess. Rookie Quentin Moses, Kevin Huntley or sliding Tommy Kelly from tackle to end are possibilities.

• Some things are clear: Robert Gallery is a guard, and Zach Miller is the team's best tight end.

- Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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