Time to play

Hi, folks. As you can see, we have a new look here at Bear Talk. Hope you enjoy it. It caused a little delay in getting posts up yesterday, but we’re back in business and new and improved. So without further ado…

One of the bigger questions at practice this week was the status of DeSean Jackson. After not practicing Tuesday, he did in limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday night, he took first team reps for the first half of practice then shut it down. Coach Jeff Tedford said Jackson will play Saturday, but said “expect him to play throughout the game.” That implies Jackson may be limited. Brandon Hampton and Robert Jordan returned punts during special teams practice, so Jackson may not be doing that on Saturday. Tedford said he hasn’t made that determination yet, rightly pointing out that Jackson still has two days for his thigh contusion to heal further.

I failed to report this earlier in the week, but tight end Cameron Morrah hasn’t practiced all week and Tedford said he will miss the Big Game with a knee injury. No word on the severity.

Expect to see redshirt freshman Mark Boskovich to see some time at right guard. Boskovich has spent more and more time taking first team reps late in the season, and with starter Noris Malele missing some practice this week to tend to a family emergency, Tedford said both players should see action against Stanford.

Starting defensive tackle Matt Malele will miss his second straight game. The knee injury that has plagued him on and off all year has been flaring up and he’s unable to go. I know defensive coordinator Bob Gregory is disappointed for Malele, who is a fifth-year senior and will have to miss his final Big Game. Gregory thinks highly of Malele for his leadership and the example he sets for teammates in practice.

Speaking of Gregory, he dodged a couple of questions again Thursday night about the Washington State job. I jokingly asked him when his flight was (to Pullman), and he said “we’re driving down to Palo Alto.” Gregory wouldn’t say if he has been contacted yet by the school, but expect him to get a serious look by the Cougars.

Gregory said the defensive end Rulon Davis will play “a lot” against Stanford. Davis has missed the past three games with a sprained knee, and missed four games earlier this season with a foot injury. Davis has been practicing fiercely this week. He looks like a player who hasn’t been on the field much this season. He’s hungry.

One other note: Tight end Craig Stevens has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game. So far, Stevens, left tackle Mike Gibson, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, running back Justin Forsett and free safety Thomas DeCoud have received invitations to play in the game. Hawkins, Forsett and DeCoud also have been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.

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.

  • Bearlurker


    I always assumed that Desean would go pro after this year, but all-conference/all-American teams are coming out and he’s not getting any accolades. Any thoughts on whether DJ decides to stay with his draft status falling?

    Thanks and great job on the blog this year!

  • bear1077

    I sure hope he leaves because from everything I’ve heard, he’s become a real cancer in the locker room. Maybe this isn’t the case and only a few players feel this way but his effort and public comments have been pretty upsetting of late. On the other hand, I sure wish Lavelle was a junior. He’d be nice to have next year.

  • Beat the card!

    What’s Robert Peele’s status for Saturday? Seems like he has been lost in the shuffle, depth in the DB ranks seems to have been a problem all year. He might be able to help, hope he can play.
    Go Bears crush the furd!!!

  • dball

    JO, love the new look to the board!

    lurker, I think you’re right that Desean hasn’t gotten the accolades we had hoped, but I don’t think his stock has necessarily dropped. He’ll be drafted for his returning abilities more so than for his receiving. That said, if you were Desean, and you wanted to get paid, would you stick around for another year of being neglected at your position, or would you jump to the NFL where you could get a real QB to throw you some real passes?

    From what I’ve heard, Desean’s not going to come back to campus in the spring semester….he’s done after whatever potential bowl game we go to. I would leave too, and devote my time to getting a conditioning coach to prep me for the NFL spring combine.

  • Rulon U. Bears

    A great start has turned into a rough season for the Bears but I, for one, am not pulling the plug on this bathtub!

    At this point though, as a Golden Bear fan, the biggest thing to look forward to is better luck next season. However, short of that, I’m looking forward to the Bears spanking the ‘Furd so hard they’ll WISH they were losing to UC Davis again.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch (you didn’t think I would say the Farm, did you?), a great pre-Big Game Top 10 list was posted today. Check it out:

    GO BEARS!!!

  • Vib

    Can you give us updates on when Judge Miller will rule? It’s painful to wonder what that situation will be. That decision will have such a large effect on Tedford’s decision to stay or go and on recruiting. All these coaching vacancies and no ruling makes me nervous.

    Cal dominates tomorrow shows their true colors. 35-13 win.


  • Jonathan Okanes

    Lurker, the lack of accolades are meaningless to NFL scouts. I’d be very surprised if Jackson stays.
    Beat, Peele has been slow to recover from the ankle injury. He still hasn’t returned to practice.
    Vib, the ruling has to come down by Jan. 9, but it could be sooner.