Wednesday update

If the Bears have any hangover from Saturday’s loss, it doesn’t show at practice. Cal had a spirited practice Wednesday and looks to have rid the effects of the heartbreaking setback against Oregon State.

Of course, the biggest question this week is the quarterback situation. Nate Longshore took limited reps Wednesday, some with the first team but more with the second team. He still doesn’t look totally right physically. One one play, he seemed to plant funny as he handed off to Justin Forsett and limped around for a few seconds. There’s no question the ankle injury is still affecting him to a degree. The question is whether he can play through it or not and be effective.

Kevin Riley looked sharp in practice. I have to imagine getting that first game out of the way, and playing well for the most part, has done wonders for his confidence. Not that he wasn’t confident before, but proving he can produce on a big stage like that can only help.

I kind of wondered if anything was going through Riley’s head as the Bears practiced the two-minute drill Wednesday. With crowd noise being piped into Memorial Stadium, Riley practiced leading the team down the field in a two-minute situation. And guess what? The Bears were going the same direction on the field as the final drive Saturday night. It was almost a little eerie. But as he did Saturday, Riley looked good doing it (discounting the final play, of course).

Wide receiver Robert Jordan and tight end Cameron Morrah haven’t practiced this week as each has a shoulder sprain, but coach Jeff Tedford said both players would give it a go on Thursday. If they are unavailable Saturday at UCLA, LaReylle Cunningham should start at receiver and Julian Arthur would become the backup tight end.

Rover Marcus Ezeff practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and he’s still day to day. My hunch would be that Bernard Hicks would start again but Ezeff might be available.

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.

  • CalBandGreat

    I really hope Jordan’s able to play Saturday and breaks the consecutive receptions record. He deserves it after how hard he’s worked for this team on a consistent basis.

    Go Bears!

  • Norwalk Dave

    JO –

    I know most teams prepare for away games by piping in artificial crowd noise. Since I’ve never been to a practice when this has been done, would you say it does a decent job of replicating the real thing? I guess it depends what away venue we’re talking about (I doubt anything can replicate Neyland or Autzen), but UCLA historically has not been a loud stadium.

    Is this piped in noise actually a good replication?

  • LaughingBear

    NorwalkDave –
    I have a friend who does stair workouts in the stadium and has been there when the noise is being piped in, and he says its unbelievable how loud they have it. He said it was as loud as memorial ever gets during a game.

    After the Oregon game, I suddenly realized that the Bears had only one false start in Autzen — pretty impressive discipline.


  • CalAlum97

    Great question NWDave! I would like to know what J.O. thinks of this as well. Your question made me think about this more and I had to chuckle…it must SUCK to live in Foothill, Bowls, Stern, I-house, or the apartments on the other side of Memorial when they’re practicing these drills and all the noise. I feel bad for them trying to study or sleep, but yet it’s funny.

  • are

    As one who has attended practices when they pipe in the noise and attended the game at Autzen this year, I don’t think the piped in noise at Memorial is as loud as Autzen. Heck, per capita, Autzen is by far the loudest stadium in which I have ever seen (heard?) a game.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    I’d agree with are. It’s probably not as loud as the super-loud venues like Autzen, but they have it high enough that it does the job of practicing with crowd noise, replicating relaying signals from the sideline, snapping the ball with the noise, etc.