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Monday practice

There were several players wearing red jerseys today, meaning no contact and very limited practice. The most notable was quarterback Nate Longshore, who suffered a pulled pectoral muscle on Wednesday, according to coach Jeff Tedford. Tedford said the area is black and blue is swollen and wasn’t sure when Longshore would practice again. He said Longshore was moving his arm pretty well, but there was no reason to take any chances. Tedford also praised Longshore’s toughness for going through two practices with the injury, including Saturday’s practice when he played well in the first day in pads.

Other notables who essentially sat out practice were linebackers Zack Follett and D.J. Holt, running back Shane Vereen and guard Noris Malele. Tedford said Follett and Holt each suffered concussions during Saturday’s practice.  I didn’t get the reason for Vereen and Malele’s absence. Malele wasn’t suited up at all but seemed to be OK stretching on the sidelines.

Freshman running back Covaughn DeBoskie returned to practice after missing a couple of days with a bladder infection.

Longshore’s absence meant Kevin Riley got to take first team reps. He threw a couple of nice passes during 7-on-7s but also was intercepted by Syd’Quan Thompson during 11-on-11s during a poorly overthrown ball.

Speaking of first team reps, Kevin Bemoll, who is trying to make an impression this spring after being suspended last season, took Malele’s place at right guard. Also, Richard Fisher took first team reps for Mark Boskovich at left guard. As I’ve said before, no grand conclusions should be drawn from changes on units as the coaches are doing a lot of experimenting and rotating during the spring, especially on defense. But Fisher is one of several good young offensive lineman that surely will be evaluated closely this spring and fall as the team tries to establish its pecking order after the loss of two starters.

The Bears ran a new tackling drill that tested defensive players ability in the open field. There were four stations, and in one station defensive linemen practiced running from the line of scrimmage to the sideline to try to track down a receiver who received a quick out. Needless to say, the advantage mostly went to the receivers, although Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan came up with a couple impressive stops.

Defensive lineman Scott Smith had a couple of good moments during practice, especially near the end during crossover when he delivered a bit hit on DeBoskie behind the line of scrimmage.

Quarterback Brock Mansion, getting second team reps, had a rough day, missing several receivers with errant throws. Receiver Drew Glover almost had the highlight of the day, laying out with a sprawling dive to catch one pass, but he couldn’t hold on to it as he slammed to the turf.

One note from the athletic department: Parking will be free everywhere on campus Saturday for Cal Day, when the Bears’ practice will be open to the public. Practice begins at noon.

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.

  • Paul IV

    It is quite obvious what everyone is going to comment on…Nate, Riley, Nate, Riley… I get the jump on everyone being out in BFE Wisconsin, which brings me to another point: Why doesn’t Cal organize a ‘Gold Out’? I went to two Badger games this past season and the entire stadium is clad in red and it makes quite the impression. For all you college football fans, Camp Randall is worth checking out.
    - Bear finally thawing out in Madison, yet ready to come back to the Bay.

  • Jan K. Oski

    How does Follett get a concussion when he is wearing a yellow jersey? Sounds like someone needs to get their eyes checked for color blindess.

    Too bad, Riley didn’t seize the moment.

  • MoroNisComing

    ha ha, I knew longshore was going to pull his pectoral muscle BEFORE all of you and Okanes! My legend is growing! I can see into the future! The only thing I can’t see is how delusional I am!

  • dball

    JO, can you clarify the reason behind all the interceptions in practice?

    It would seem that the interceptions in practice are from poor throws and not because receivers are running bad routes. Is that observation corroborated by anything the coaches are telling you as well? I recall Tedford supporting Longshore last season by saying the receivers were running the wrong routes when NL would throw a pick.

    I would expect all these young receivers to have route-running issues, but sounds like their routes are not the reason behind the picks in practice.

  • dball

    On the Longshore injury, am I the only one that has grown tired of hearing Tedford “praise Longshore’s toughness” every time that NL gets hurt and tries to play thru it. I’m glad Tedford took him out of the rotation so he can heal properly.

  • Jan K Oski

    Dball, If mistakes didn’t happen in practice, the coaches wouldn’t be required. Let’s not over analyze the small things like ints in practice. Overall performance is far more significant at this stage in my opinion.

  • ramy

    Beginning to looks like Riley might get his shot. Follett wasn’t wearing yellow when he got his concussion and needs to quit hitting with his head. first…old habits are hard to break.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Dball, I wouldn’t read too much into the interceptions. And I mention them because they are notable. Obviously I’m not mentioning all the completions. The number of INTs being thrown is still slim. Spring is a time to work things out anyway, so I think you have to take them with a grain of salt.

  • Al da BERKELEY KID

    great job JO, as always. I was wondering what time CAL was going to be warming up at on Saturday? around 11 a.m? Will you guys be interviewing the team & staff after on the field. Just wanted to tell Deboskie welcome to the CITY.

  • bowlbasaur

    Paul IV, Cal tried to do a gold out for the USC game last season, everyone was told to wear gold and the whole student section got free gold t-shirts… but the game ended up being in a downpour and not everyone has gold ponchos/rain coats.

  • lessncarecoming

    Wow…I have never heard Rocky Top played so much in tonight’s women’s NCAA championship game except for one infamous opening season football game two years ago. Thank God the Vols HC (Fullmer????) called off the dogs before the second quarter of that game because the game had already been decided or I would have gone deaf. This one wasn’t even a blow out like the football game 2 years ago but they still played it over and over again. Blah!

  • Tyler

    Let’s hope Syd Thompson can start pulling big INT numbers in the regular season as well.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    lessncarecoming Says:
    April 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    Wow…I have never heard Rocky Top played so much in tonight’s women’s NCAA championship game except for one infamous opening season football game two years ago. Thank God the Vols HC (Fullmer????) called off the dogs before the second quarter of that game because the game had already been decided or I would have gone deaf. This one wasn’t even a blow out like the football game 2 years ago but they still played it over and over again. Blah!

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I would not mind as long as their band was as good as ours. Tribute To Troy. Fight On!

  • MoreMoronsComing

    Hey wow, I really have to congratulate myself on the Rocky Top thing. I mean, you guys will never, ever, ever get ur revenge. Whoops, gotta run. Here comes those guys with my meds. Good thing the institution I am in is near SC.

  • dball

    Jan,
    Don’t forget that its the little things like INTs in practice that caused Tedford to start Longshore all last season because he felt NL ‘practiced better’ than Riley. Your point taken, I agree its too early for my commentary on INTs in practice. Nonetheless, I’m so biased in favor of Riley at this point that its hard for me to see thru a different set of lenses.

  • Case_Study

    Wow. lessNCs is a true sports fan — he watched the entire Womens final. I was going to see where ESPN_32 was located and catch the NCAA Women’s BB final as well

    …but I remembered that I have testicles.

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