Wednesday practice

I wasn’t at practice today but our capable columnist, Eric Gilmore, filled in. You can expect a column on DeSean Jackson in Thursday’s paper.

Some notes that were passed on to me:

Defensive tackle Derrick Hill still hasn’t practiced because of back spasms. X-rays were negative, but coach Jeff Tedford still didn’t seem too happy about the situation.
“It’s coming into camp in poor shape,” he said, who didn’t seem to mind if his comments wound up in the papers. “That’s what happens when you come into camp in poor shape.”

The Bears worked out in shells for the first time. They did a lot of 11-on-11. Freshman running back Jahvid Best looked good, and although Tedford warned you really can’t make a judgement on someone until he is in full pads, he clearly has been impressed so far by the speedy tailback.
“So far, he’s been just great,” Tedford said.

Tedford also said he was aware that Tennessee running back LaMarcus Coker has been suspended indefinitely by coach Phillip Fulmer. It’s unknown if Coker will be reinstated by the time the Bears and Vols hook up for the season-opener on Sept. 1. ESPN.com is reporting Coker was suspended for a substance abuse violation.
Tedford said he only tells his players about situations such as these to remind them not to make the same mistakes.
“It’s not so much about them, but us continuing to make good decisions so we don’t put ourselves in these situations,” he said.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • 07

    Good job on these updates.

  • moreNCsarecoming

    You could have used Tupou about now. He is tearing it up at SC in practise.

  • Matt Guerino

    Thanks for the good work Jonathon. Living out of state for as long as I have I really miss the connection to Cal football. News articles, occasional television, and maybe one live game per season is all I’ve had until Jay and now you got this blog rolling. Personally, I don’t much care what Justin Forsett ate for dinner last night, but I do like hearing the training camp stories and getting a picture of what to expect this year. Keep it up!

  • Jeff

    Love the daily updates!!!! Thanks for making my day each and every morning with Cal Football.

  • moreNCsarecorning

    Okay, to be honest, I haven’t been to practice and I don’t know much about how Tupou is doing. It’s hard enough just trying to keep up with my classes and to have a social life that’s off the hook. Holla! Just wanted to mess with you guys.

  • Dave

    Good stuff.

    Keep the dailies coming!!…