Weekend complete

Cal finished up its first weekend of practices in preparation for the Armed Forces Bowl, and it seems like the Bears have an extra bounce in their step. The past couple of days were Cal’s  most energetic practices in weeks. There was a lot of talking, hand-slapping, ooohing-and-ahhhing and energy. A couple of theories for the extra pep: These are more like training camp practices because the Bears haven’t started game planning for Air Force yet. That means there are no scout teams, and Cal’s offense goes against Cal’s defense the entire time. You can tell the players enjoy the competition for team bragging rights, etc. Also, game week practices can sometimes bog down with walking through plays, etc. This is just good ole-fashioned football.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson appears to be moving better and better. He was back returning punts at practice today.

A lot of younger players are getting reps since it’s not like game week practices. All four quarterbacks are playing. It’s fun to watch some of the younger players who have been in scout uniforms all season with their Cal jerseys back on. Freshman running back Shane Vereen, for instance, is getting a little  chance to strut his stuff.

The Bears are off tomorrow, practice Tuesday, then don’t practice again until they go Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Finals begin Thursday.

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.

  • Big D

    How is Slocum doing? Is he getting any reps? Haven’t heard much about him. Is Jahvid practicing at all? Or is he totally done for the season?

  • Big D

    What is your take on Sweeney coming in next year? Would you say he could be the real deal, or just a legacy by Tedford? What ever happened to Tedford’s son being on the team? Is he still around?

  • Robert

    J.O. Any other younger guys who stood out or received praise?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Big D, Slocum is getting reps. He’s actually gotten more reps during the second half of the season. He’s a pretty explosive guy and looks pretty good. Jahvid definitely is done for the season. They’re still waiting on all the evaluations to determine how severe his hip injury is. Tedford’s son is not on the team but helps out on the staff.
    Robert, I wouldn’t say anyone else really stood out yesterday. Michael Calvin always looks good. I’ll keep looking for standouts from the scout team.

  • GC

    JO: What about the receiver from Florida who got into some trouble….what is his status and is he in the mix for next year? I seem to remember that he was pretty good and had some size. Thanks, GC

  • Jonathan Okanes

    GC, Nyan Boateng is enrolled in school. He was suspended from the team for the fall so he wasn’t involved in any team activities. Tedford said he will re-evaluate Boateng’s status after the season.

  • So looks like Boateng might be back.

    What about DeSean? Some sites aren’t even putting him in their mock drafts (like rivals). Does this mean he’s leaning towards staying?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Alvin, I’d be surprised if DeSean stays.

  • Jan K. Oski

    Hey J.O.

    Could you expand on your insider knowledge or reasoning or the lack thereof about Desean leaving?

    I read on another site from a supposed family member that Desean has the full intention to graduate. Of course, he could come back after leaving for the bucks, so what say you?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Jan, I’m basing my hunch on things I have heard and observed.