The Bears worked out in the morning on Monday. There was nothing particularly noteworthy, although defensive end Tad Smith had his second strong practice in a row. Freshman Jahvid Best also stood out once again. On one play during 11-on-11s, he took a short pass over the middle from Nate Longshore and raced to the outside for a long gain.
Typically, the Bears run sprints after practice. They did again Monday, but this time the entire Cal coaching staff did them first. “It hurt,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.
Speaking of Longshore, his experiment with blue hair didn’t last long. He dyed it black a couple of days ago, in preparation for Sunday’s team photo day.
Sophomore Matt Laird ran with the first unit on the offensive line, primarily because Chet Teofilo spent the morning undergoing surgery for a dislocated thumb. Teofilo has been running with the first unit because Mike Gibson is still limited with a hamstring injury. Tedford said the offensive line is pretty much set, if everyone is healthy: LT – Gibson, LG – Brian De La Puente, C – Alex Mack, RG – Norris Malele, RT – Mike Tepper. Tedford said Tepper is having an excellent camp and is “coming into his own.”