Thursday practice

The Bears practiced in helmets and shoulder pads again Thursday. Some of the highlights:

–Redshirt freshman Darian Hagan, one of a handful of candidates competing for a starting spot at cornerback, forced a fumble after Sean Young made a catch for a short gain during on seven-on-sevens. Linebacker Shea McIntyre recovered.

–Wide receiver Drew Glover made a highlight reel diving catch on a pass up the right sideline by freshman quarterback Brock Mansion. It drew oohs and aahs from his teammates, even as defensive backs coach R. Todd Littlejohn jokingly tried to make an argument that Glover was out of bounds.

–After pre-practice warm-ups, coach Jeff Tedford blew the whistle to signal the official start of practice. He wasn’t happy with the team’s enthusiasm, so he made his players return to where they came from and converge again. The players seemed a little more vocal on the second try.

–It’s early, but freshman running back Jahvid Best looks like he belongs. He hits the hole hard and with great burst.

–The Bears practice in full pads for the first time Friday. It should provide some good stuff to report.

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.

  • How overweight is Derrick Hill? He seems to be really in Tedford’s doghouse, and I honestly can’t remember another player he’s called out in public.

  • john

    now THIS is what we want to read from your blog. great stuff. keep it up!

  • LaughingBear

    Awesome Report, I knew the Bears were going to be solid for the ’08 and ’09 seasons, but with Brock Mansion and Best, Cal should be loaded for ’10 and ’11.

    What a great decade for Cal Football. Here’s hoping Tedford is Cal’s version of Joe Paterno.

  • Calfan

    Heard rumors that a DL player competing for starting duties is hurting, not DH.
    Any word on that? Also, how is Norris Malele doing? Coming back from surgery is not easy, hope he’s ready to dominate at guard.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Lawrence, it’s hard to say with Hill. I haven’t got a real good up close and personal look at him yet. He certainly doesn’t look to be in tip-top shape.
    Calfan, I’m not aware of any other DL that is hurting. If there’s someone else, it’s not preventing him from practicing, like Hill. Malele looks fine to me. He’s been working with the first unit.

  • Steve G.

    Caoch Tedfor’s son Taylor is listed a a QB on the squad. Does he get any reps with the other QB’s or is he more of a future-coach-tn-training.