The Cal State Long Beach football team will play its annual Brown-Gold intra-squad spring game Saturday night at 7:30 at Veterans Stadium.
In conjunction with the game, the Long Beach Century Club Coaches Clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive. The speakers will include John Robinson, coach of the Rams, and Chuck Knox, coach of the Seattle Seahawks. The cost is $30 a person.
The 49ers will start their third season under Coach Larry Reisbig on Sept. 2 when they play host to Cal State Northridge.
Paul Oates, 23, a former minor league baseball player, is the team’s new quarterback, replacing Jeff Graham, who threw for 226 yards a game last season.
“He is mobile and has a strong arm,” Reisbig said of Oates. “He’s a different kind of quarterback than Jeff Graham. Paul has the ability to scramble as well as drop back and throw,.”
Oates’ main target will be wide receiver Derek Washington, who led the 49ers in catches with 48 last season.
Other top players are running backs Andre Southerland and Jim Bittner, offensive tackle Dave McKinnon, linebackers Pepper Jenkins, Mark Ziegenhagen and David Riley, defensive tackle Dan Duffy and defensive backs Marc Tourville and Keith Washington.
The 49ers were 3-9 last season and are 7-16 under Reisbig.
They have 36 returning lettermen and 17 returning starters, nine on offense and eight on defense.