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Wednesday practice

Quarterback Nate Longshore said today that his pulled right pectoral muscle might keep him out of the rest of spring practice. He said “if all goes well,” he might return in two weeks, which would give him a few practices before the spring session is over.

“I want to get reps, obviously,” Longshore said. “But there’s a lot of time between now and the season. If something is going to happen, I’d rather it happen now.”

Longshore said he started feeling the injury last Wednesday but it didn’t get bad until Friday. He said he wanted to participate in the first full-pads workout of the spring on Saturday because the offense struggled on Friday.

“I wanted to come back and make a statement on Saturday,” Longshore said. “We just didn’t do well as an offense on Friday. I had to come back.”

Longshore said the area is swollen and discolored, and he can barely lift his arm.

“It just kept getting worse and worse,” he said. “When it started changing colors, I figured I should probably give it a rest.”

Longshore’s injury means the quarterback battle is probably put on hold until the fall, although it gives Kevin Riley an opportunity to make an impact getting first team reps. Riley has taken first team reps in two practices now but really hasn’t separated himself. He did make one nice pass under pressure Wednesday, floating a pass to the corner of the end zone which was hauled in by tight end Cameron Morrah.

Longshore’s absence also means Brock Mansion is getting a lot more reps as the second team quarterback. Frankly, it’s been a couple of rough practices for Mansion, who’s missed a lot of receivers with errant passes.

Other updates on the injury front:

–Linebacker Mike Mohamed pulled a hamstring Monday. Coach Jeff Tedford wasn’t sure how long he would be out. Mohamed has been playing with the first team as part of the 3-4 defense the Bears have been trying out.

–Running back Shane Vereen missed another practice with a hamstring injury, but Tedford said he’s 80-85 percent healthy and should be back soon.

–Linebacker Zack Follett is still out with a concussion. Fellow linebacker D.J. Holt also has a concussion, but Tedford said he could be back by the weekend.

Other notes from Wednesday:

–Converted defensive lineman Tad Smith continues to be a revelation at tight end. He made a couple more nice catches Wednesday and looks like he’s going to go into the fall really pushing for playing time. “I really believe he’s going to be a strong contributor this season,” Tedford said.

–Fullback Peter Geurts has made an impression taking reps at tailback. With the injuries to Vereen and Jahvid Best and James Montgomery’s transfer, the Bears are short at tailback so they are using Guerts to fill in. Tedford said Guerts has been doing so even while battling two hip pointers. “He’s a very tough kid,” Tedford said. “I’m thankful he’s here now. He may be a tailback now.”

–Cal receivers had several passes go off their hands, especially during red zone work. Linebacker Worrell Williams couldn’t come up with two chances for interceptions, prompting push-ups from the defense, as is the ritual when they don’t capitalize on a potential pick.

–Defensive end Cameron Jordan delievered a big hit on running back Tracy Slocum for a loss. On the last play of practice, linebacker Shea McIntyre stopped Geurts short of the goal line, prompting a big celebration from the defense.

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

    Who would be behind Mansion?

  • Jan K. Oski

    Hey J.O.

    If Saturday is going to be highlighting walk-ons like Geurts, it might be painful to watch. I might need to fill the camelback with some hard stuff to make it entertaining. What happened to that Riley who was nearly perfect in the Armed Forces Bowl? Oh yeah, Air Force stinks at defense…

  • Jan K. Oski

    PS please give us some exciting news about the offense before Saturday, even if it’s about the kicking game!

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  • Southland Blue

    How in the heck are concussions and torn pectoral muscles happening 10 days into practice? What the heck coach, this is SPRING practice, COME ON!

  • fedupbear

    J.K. Oski drooled>>What happened to that Riley who was nearly perfect in the Armed Forces Bowl? Oh yeah, Air Force stinks at defense…<< Touch of Altzheimer’s have we? Or, perhaps you just have a SELECTIVE memory. In either event, Air Force was evidently good enough to keep Tedford’s boy Longshore scoreless. That says MUCH more about Tedford than it does EITHER Air Force OR Longshore. (Score when Longshore (finally) got pulled: Air Force 21, Cal Zip.) Riley is the QB of the future…period. WHY is that so dammed difficult to grasp? Longshore might look like the next Joe Montana in practice … just like Ayoob did. The problem is that practice counts for NOTHING if you can’t deliver on game day. Ayoob couldn’t. Longshore can’t. Riley can.

  • HungryCalBear

    JO – thanks for feeding to our addiction with these regular updates. You haven’t written about the new Offense Coordinator. What have you observed? Do we have reason to hope? THANKS!

  • lessncarecoming

    fedupbear Says:
    April 10th, 2008 at 12:37 am
    WHY is that so dammed difficult to grasp? Longshore might look like the next Joe Montana in practice … just like Ayoob did.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I thought Ayoob was terrible in practise?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    The problem is that practice counts for NOTHING if you can’t deliver on game day. Ayoob couldn’t. Longshore can’t. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Can’t disagree with anything you said here.

  • dano

    wtf is wrong with the training / coaching staff to have so many players with injuries?

    mohamed –> hamstring injury = preventable
    vereen –> hamstring injury = preventable
    longhsore –> pulled / torn pec = preventable
    follett –> concussion = avoidable
    holt –> concussion = stuff happens

    pushups after a dropped potential interception? does that old school retardery help come game time? … uhhh, NO.

  • Jan K. Oski

    Welcome back, Clown!

    You’ve found a friend in Amy! Lucky boy!

    I don’t think I’m the one who has early-onset alzheimers. It looks like you failed to recall that Longshore wasn’t throwing to Hawkins or Jackson, so you’re comparing apples with oranges. But, I’m not here to debate that. From J.O.’s perspective Riley isn’t impressing, and that’s unfortunate for him. There’s a lot of time between now and the end of August, but is Cignetti seeing the same thing as J.O.? Oops, you also forgot about the new O.C.!

  • cal85

    I wonder if Riley is one of those players who play better on Saturdays than during the week. If so, that seems like a total mismatch of styles between he and Tedford. It will be interesting to see how that develops.

  • MemorialSectionHH

    i’m a fan of riley and think he gives the bears a better chance at winning but he reminds me a bit of jake plummer. he’ll have moments of brilliance to win games(as we have seen), but also force things and lose some games (as we have also seen).

    but it will certainly be exciting to watch.

  • Jan K. Oski

    For those who want to know an exhausted list of who is playing with which team, check this out:

    http://california.scout.com/2/745129.html

    This kind of stuff is usually for subscribers, but Scouts has to entice us freeloaders every once in awhile.

    Hey Double H,

    I like that! Didn’t Jake the Snake win a National Championship?

    Go You Bears!

  • CalAlum97

    J.O., maybe I missed it, but what exactly happened to cause Longshore to pull his pectoral muscle? Was it on a throw? Landing awkwardly on his arm or shoulder? During workouts? Thanks!

  • Old Blue Doc

    ? Does anybody remember Yogi Berra?
    “It’s déjà vu all over again…”
    NL: fractured ankle — out for the season
    –returns for one good season (? Was it the quarterback, or the best receiving corps in the NCAA?).
    – injures other ankle early in season, and limps on, despite obvious problems.after the season (surprise!) Coach and Cal medical staff says ” Hmmmmm — I guess the injury was worse than we thought” –DUH!!).
    – spring ball — 8 days — torn pectoralis (? And what other shoulder girdle muscles?).
    NL says: “I wanted to make a statement on Saturday”– boy you certainly did!..

    ? Is the problem in the: A– training staff B– conditioning staff C– players attention to their own preparedness D– problems higher up the coaching staff?

    And which of the ? Emperors has no clothes?
    is itThe coach’s understanding of their personnel?, or the players inability to understand their own mortality”
    now that half a dozen franchise — type players have left for the NFL, this could be a very interesting season for JT and the boys –?? Any bets on whether a day jump for greener pastures in 2000 and nine — 10??

    Before you all houl in laughter, check out the basketball fiasco which has just occurred between Cal Stanford and LSU.
    it is all dollars and cents (sense), and JT may just have milked all he can get out of the old U — and (another surprise!) His kids just happen to be graduating from high school this year.

    Anyone want to bet?

  • MemorialSectionHH

    JanK0, exactly! guys like Riley/Plummer want to win so much that they can often pull a team up. but they may also make big mistakes and i’m ok with that.

    a big reason why longshore has fallen out of favor is that he never had clutch game-winning drives to balance the mistakes he made. all of cal’s games will be close this year, and when a game is close, you have to like your chances with riley slinging away.
    ======
    OldBlueDoc:
    i think many fans know that the kids high school graduation would be a huge factor regardless of the win record. tedford at cal past 2009 would be considered a bonus since 09 will be a contract negotiation year anyways.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Big D, Cory Smits is behind Mansion.
    Hungry, it’s hard to draw any grand conclusions about Frank Cignetti yet. By all accounts, he is going to introduce some new wrinkles to the offense.
    Cal, I just know it happened last Wednesday during practice. I’ll try to find out more.

  • lessncarecoming

    I think the wheels are coming off. New WRs. Injured RBs. A 3-4 D because the DL is inadequate. No playmakers in the secondary in a pass happy Pac 10. Enjoy the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Please view this preseason prediction. Their worst case scenario will be closer to the way things end than their best case scenario. 7-5 = my prediction. You will lose to USC (of course), one of the Oregons, one of the Arizonas, PUCLA or Wazzou (0ne of the two) and a loss to one of your 3 non conference games. Mark this post. Here is the link.

    http://cfn.scout.com/2/744504.html

    Best regards

    MoreNCsarecoming

  • Case_Study

    obsessiveness is fun!

    …to watch.

  • fedupbear

    >>Welcome back, Clown!… [Re NL vs KR vs Air Force] It looks like…you’re comparing apples with oranges<< Name calling…nice touch. You can call me all the names you want but the fact is that NL failed to score vs Air Force & Riley scored on every drive except when Tedford screwed the clock management at the half. Would DJ & LH have helped NL? Well, they didn’t when NL lost the 6 previous games & looked HORRIBLE in the process. Bottom-line, Cal would’ve lost to Air Force had it not been for Riley and Riley didn’t deserve your sarcastic comments. The fact is, however, that none of that seems to matter to Tedford. Just like he stuck with Ayoob, Tedford will stick with Longshore; continuing to blame NL’s (inevitably poor) performance on receivers, harsh media critics, and fans.We’ve seen it all before — TWICE — and we’ll see it again (and again) as long as Tedford remains at Cal. Sad, but true.

  • duke

    Hey

    What happened to James Montgomery?
    Something made him feel ‘uncomfortable’
    Does he know something we don’t?
    Cal with field a minor league backfield.

  • FedUpofFedUp

    Hey Fedup — OK let’s agree that Tedford’s poor clock management and excessive QB loyalty are right on 100% true and have hurt the program and your calls for tedford’s head are valid based on these issues.

    how do you rate the recruiting? how do you rate player academics? program presige? campus pride? alumni donations? win-loss record? winning seasons?

    then look at cal’s head coaching history since kapp since that covers most of the collective memory –
    kapp, snyder, gilbertson, maricucci, holmoe. nothing on this list indicates that cal would be able to either draw a good coach, or be able to hold on to one that was successful?

    this isn’t a “hey remember holmoe” rants, this is a look at the entire modern history of cal football rant. you just don’t get it.

    …the glass is half full man. i hope it gets fuller, but in the meantime I don’t go around pissing in other cal fans milk.

    DO YOU GET IT YET? or are you going to cry and whine all year long? as pacino says, “you’re a child in a world of men. if you don’t know the angle, keep your mouth shut. you little f*ing child”

  • Jan K. Oski

    Hey Clown!

    Are you at the practices to know what’s going on? NO! So, shut your tedford-hatred hole and go back to your milk and cookies!

    Two quotes from someone who was there…

    “We all know about Nasty Nate’s fourth quarter woes, but most of us don’t see the very average practice by Riley, and the fans labeling Riley a “gamer” shouldn’t be enough to make him a starter.”

    “Cignetti was in the middle of the action, and it’s pretty clear that Tedford trusts his expertise and and instructions to the players. At one point, when the offense lined up in the wrong formation, he commanded, ‘Back to the huddle! Bullshit!’ while Tedford looked on”

    http://goldenblogs.blogsome.com/2008/04/11/an-evening-with-cal-football/

    Did you get that date with Amy, yet?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Thanks for another historic moment. We got one from you in football (remember 61-0) and now one in baseball.

    http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/041208aaa.html

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  • CalAlum97

    Thanks for this historic moment (no. 3 $C falls to unranked Cal): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hb1xKUJKfo (forward to 2:15 for the beating!!!)

    Oh and this is what we Cal fans think of LA and U$C: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fShwQlANc

  • CalAlum97

    Wooooo-hooo, it’s jumpin off $C chumps!!!!