By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 at 9:52 pm in Mid-week.
The Bears had a pretty good practice Wednesday, one in which coach Jeff Tedford said the coaching staff stressed the little things and paying attention to detail.
Tedford admitted that perhaps one of Cal’s shortcomings during its two-game losing streak is that it started paying too much attention to the big picture and forgot about the details. Tedford said his program has always been detail-oriented, with the belief that paying attention to details will take care of the big picture. He said that perhaps the turnovers, penalties and fundamental mistakes the team has made during the past two games is because they had lost sight of that.
Wide receiver Robert Jordan, who has been around Tedford and the program for four years, said as much during Tuesday’s weekly press luncheon. He said the Bears weren’t doing the little things and was confident the team would get back to that in a big way this week.
Speaking of Jordan, he practiced fine Wednesday and appears ready to play Saturday. The Bears are holding him out of contact this week, but you can tell his range of motion and mobility with his sprained shoulder are coming back. Jordan said he was pretty sure he was going to play, if nothing else because he feels like he needs to provide a spark to help the Bears get back in the win column.
Defensive end Rulon Davis, who has missed four games because of a sprained foot, practiced with the second team without limitation, but his status for Saturday is still up in the air. Tedford said Davis is still sore. One of the issues is since the upcoming game is a road game, the Bears only want to take Davis along if he is a sure thing to play. The Bears are only allowed to ttravel 64 players, so they don’t want to waste a spot on someone who is iffy.
Some bad news on the defensive side. Rover Marcus Ezeff is now on crutches. Ezeff missed the Oregon State game with a quad injury and was believed to be improving, but he was only able to go a few plays against UCLA before having to shut it down. Now, it appears the injury is worsening. All Tedford would say is that Ezeff is definitely out Saturday, but wasn’t sure about the long-term prognosis.
Tedford spent some time with kicker Jordan Kay during practice, serving as his holder during one stint and patting him on the back afterward. After practice, Tedford said he still has confidence in Kay, who has made just two of his last seven field goal attempts after hitting his first three of the season.
The Bears went through one interesting drill near the end of practice where several offensive players laid on the field as though a play had just ended. When special teams coach Pete Alamer blew the whistle, the players practiced rushing off the field while the field goal unit rushed on to it as though they were racing against the clock to get the kick off in time.
One lighthearted moment Wednesday: During a break, backup quarterback Kevin Riley threw a pass from the 40-yard line to a trash can sitting on the sideline on the opposite 35. It was nothing but net.