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.