Friday practice

Fridays have been a light day of practice this spring because the Bears have been practicing in full pads on Saturday morning, and this time was no different. Cal went for about 1 hour, 45 minutes instead of the typical 2½-hour practice, and it included no crossover where the offense goes against the defense 11-on-11. The only thing close was a 6-on-8 drill without linemen, and even that was a lot of running plays and conservative pass plays.


With Saturday’s final practice of spring looming, the Bears appear to be getting healthier. Tight end Cameron Morrah apparently had a dramatic turnaround from an ailment because he was back on the field. Coach Jeff Tedford said Morrah suffered an asthma attack on Monday and was very sick. Wide receiver Drew Glover dismissed his yellow jersey, indicating he’s healed from his shoulder injury, and running back Peter Geurts was also back on the field. Defensive end Tyson Alualu, who missed Wednesday’s session because he was sick, also returned.


Tedford said he was looking forward to Saturday’s practice, which will once again be a situational scrimmage in full pads with an officiating crew. When asked what he will be looking for, Tedford simply said he wants to see a lot of spirit and enthusiasm from his team. It’s just one more practice, but Tedford said it will provide one last chance for players in competitive situations to perform.


There’s not too much more to report today because of the limited nature of practice, but there should be some good stuff coming out of Saturday’s finale. You can look for a story in Sunday’s paper about it, as well as more information here.


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.

  • Hi Jonathan,

    Keep up the good stuff. Any word on Brian Holley? I know he went down with an ankle injury at the end of the Spring Scrimmage a few weeks ago, and haven’t heard too much about him since then. Any update?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Did DJax have the same agent that Aaron Rodgers had?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BTW I think all of you who follow the NFL draft now can see the value of playing for USC. Four 1st round picks (Ellis, Rivers, Baker, Jackson), Rachal to the 49ers in the second round, Davis in the second round just shows that we are an NFL factory. If a player comes to USC and starts they are guaranteed high draft pick and money. There have been 9 Pac 10 players picked in the first two rounds of the draft and we have 6 of them.

  • PasadenaBear

    I like how you use the term “we”. You didn’t go to USC you loser.

  • PasadenaBear

    And the fact that USC couldn’t get to the national championship with that many high draft picks is astonishing to me. LSU and Ohio State didnt have that many high picks.

  • Jan K. Oski


    Don’t feed the troll! We all need to show constraint, and she will go away. So long as one or two us continue to respond to her, she’ll linger, since she thrives on it. I know she’s irritating and childish, but none of us can put her on our knee and give her a good spanking, so let’s ignore her like J.O. does.

    Back to the subject of J.O.’s post, what happened to Tedford call of extra intensity for the last few practices? I understand that an intense practice is tough for two consecutive days, but if it is the end of spring ball, why not let the Bears go all out to test their endurance and give them some awareness of what they might need to work on. If “the Bears appear to be getting healthier”, I don’t get it.

  • bearbacker71

    Is it too late for DeSean to reconsider and re-enroll at Cal?

  • Big D

    DeSean should have stayed another year. Oh well, Eagles it is.

  • Jan K. Oski


    Desean is going, going, gone… There’s no looking back. The time is now for conversations about the new and bigger Wide-outs.

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCarecoming

    Is it just coincidence but why are the first 3 QBs drafted backing up or competing against former Tedford QBs – Boller, Rodgers and Harrington. It is USC that has become QB U and more are on the way too.

    Best regards


  • MoreNCarecoming

    Thomas Williams, ILB, USC, 5th round draft pick

    Here is an intriguing but not surprising lesson. Thomas Williams from Vacaville H.S. was our ILB at USC. In 4 years, he strated only a few games as a backup to Cush this year. Still when the draft rolled around he is selected in the 5th round by the Jaguars. This is a regular occurence should a player decide to play with USC. There is instant name recognition and program respect. Anthony Munoz didn’t even play his senior year due to injury and was still drafted in the first round. No other program in college football has this dynamic working for it.

    Best regards


  • duke

    MoreNC is right-on about USC.
    The Trojans consistently field the best team money can buy.

  • CalAlum97

    I think the new crop of receivers will be better than the last, they just need some game experience and then they’re going to be unstoppable.