Clock management

Some of the Cal players talked Tuesday about the clock in the locker room that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until kickoff. The clock runs for each game, but obviously goes a lot longer for the season-opener.

“You’re like, ‘176 days. Sweet, we have time’,” Right tackle Mike Tepper said. “Then it’s 60 days. OK, it’s getting closer. Then we were going into camp and we had 30 days. I’d say it hit me in the middle of July. I was like, ‘Wow, we have Tennessee coming up. I thought about it all the time — 3, 4 hours a day.”

Free safety Thomas DeCoud added: “Once it gets to single-digits, it starts getting serious. Your mental clock really kicks in.”

Jonathan Okanes

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