Ready for Eugene

The Bears wrapped up another week of practice Thursday. As they head to Eugene, they know they’ll once again be without a few of their key players.

Coach Jeff Tedford said Thursday that linebacker Zack Follett and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou both are definitely out for Saturday’s game at Oregon. Follett still is recovering from the neck stinger he incurred two weeks ago against Louisiana Tech, and although the symptoms are gone, he wants to make sure the neck is strong enough so he doesn’t suffer another injury that could be more serious. Follett had said after Wednesday’s practice that he was really fighting the temptation to get in pads and practice, but he was just in a t-shirt and shorts again Thursday.

Tedford said Ta’ufo’ou probably would be back for the next game against Oregon State on Oct. 13. The Bears have a bye next week, so that will give both Ta’ufo’ou and Follett some added recovery time. Both should play against the Beavers.

As stated earlier, defensive end Rulon Davis and kicker Tom Schneider also are out. To reiterate, defensive tackle Matt Malele will return from his foot injury that kept him out of last week’s game against Arizona. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said Malele probably wouldn’t start but he’ll definitely play, although he wasn’t sure what how much workload he could withstand.

Gregory also said that redshirt freshman Mike Mohamed will start in place of Follett. Senior Justin Moye started last week for Follett, but has been nursing some nagging injuries this week in practice. Plus, Mohamed possesses the kind of speed that the Bears will need to try to contain Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon and the spread offense.

For the second time this season, Tedford closed practice to the media, something he usually doesn’t do. He also closed the Thursday practice before the Tennessee game. It demonstrates the magnitude of Saturday’s game.

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.

  • danzig

    FYI guys,

    the Arizona@Cal torrent has just been posted:


  • Pac10guy

    What is the torrent? I went over there but don’t see anything other than a pie chart.

  • Jan K. Oski

    Hey Pac-10 guy

    a torrent is a file that contains the entire game. You can burn it onto a dvd, and you could watch on your wide screen tv! I’ve downloaded the non-high-def Cal vs Vol game, but I still need to figure out how to burn it on my new computer. It takes a long time to download, especially if the source computers are slowed by multiple downloads. Do your part by helping other’s upload your download. Here’s a link for more information:

    Or, if that doesn’t work on copy and paste, go to the CC times Cal forum, and look for the thread: If you have an new computer, it will take all weekend to download a single game, so you need to leave your computer running all day and night. You could stop the download and resume at a later time, but you should try to download during non-peak hours, especially, if you’re downloading from ChicagoBear.

    Back to the topic of this recent blog entry, this stinks! No Zach or Rulon would be all right, but then no Will? This is going to hurt, but Mike and Brian could prove me wrong. Please, prove me wrong! Go You Bears!

  • danzig

    re: torrents
    … you have to click “download torrent”… after you download the iso file… you have to have a burning program like nero… and choose “burn image to disk”… and “iso” file is an image file…


    the reason why tedford closed practices this week is we’re going to see some trick plays!! maybe a hook-and-ladder to javid best? that would be insanely brilliant!

  • tony_daysog

    Okay — nothing but positive energy for the Bears. Think positive! Go Bears!