Word just came in from Cal’s athletic department that the beginning of spring practice has been delayed until March 31. Instead of going from March 17 to April 19, the spring sessions will go from March 31 to April 26.
According to Cal’s media relations representative for football, John Sudsbury, “Coach Tedford thought it would be most beneficial for the team to delay the start of spring practice. It will give some players some time to recover from injuries so they can participate fully in spring ball.”
The original schedule had the Bears starting next week but practicing just three times before taking 10 days off for spring break, returning on the 31st. Tedford said earlier in the week that running back James Montgomery, who is recovering from knee surgery, would be limited during the first week of the spring but would be 100 percent by the 31st. So this will give the Bears a chance to see Montgomery at full strength for all of the spring.
The extra time also will give defensive tackle Derrick Hill more chance to be at full strength during the spring. Tedford originally said Hill would practice, but be limited. This may give Hill a chance to be closer to 100 percent for spring ball.