By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 4:15 pm in off-season stuff.
The annual Bay Area college football media day was held today at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. Cal coach Jeff Tedford, along with center Alex Mack and linebackers Zack Follett and Worrell Williams were in attendance, as well as the head coaches from Stanford and San Jose State and players from those schools.
There wasn’t a whole lot of breaking news from the event; just a chance to talk about different storylines for the upcoming season with training camp set to open one week from today. Here are some of the highlights from Tedford.
–Walk-on kicker David Seawright seems to be a strong candidate to handle kickoffs, but Tedford also hinted that he’s in the mix to kick field goals. The Bears have a returning starter in Jordan Kay, but he was inconsistent last season. “We’ll see how he progresses, both as a field goal kicker and as a kickoff guy,” Tedford said.
–Tedford said as many as three of his incoming freshman receviers may have to contribute right away. He singled out Marvin Jones, Jarrett Sparks and Charles Satchell as the top candidates to see playing time immediately. He also added that junior college transfer Verran Tucker is still in summer school and it is yet to be determined if he will have the necessary units to be eligible.
–Tedford said players will not wear their last name on their jersies this season, something they did in last year’s Armed Forces Bowl.
–As he did at Pac-10 media day, Tedford singled out Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen when discussing the explosiveness the team has at tailback. And once again, he said he didn’t intentionally fail to mention Tracy Slocum, who enters camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Best. Tedford simply said he was talking about the position in terms of speed, and although Slocum is a good back, he isn’t in the same class as Best or Vereen in terms of pure speed.
“The point I was trying to make was the speed we have, and Jahvid and Shane are the ones with teh speed,” Tedford said. Tracy is a very good back, but he’s not in the same speed category as those other guys.”
–Tedford talked about his new blog on calbears.com. He’s still only done one installment, but said another one is coming soon. The blog was his idea.
“It’s just to be able to get our message out there,” he said. “There are so many people out there these days who have an opinion of what’s going on. I just want to give our side of it, whether people agree or disagree. It’s not about a debate. It’s just to give them an inside scoop on what we’re thinking. It gives them a little bit more to hang their hat on than the guy in his underwear in his garage putting a blog together.”
–For those interested in following the progress of former Cal quarterback Kyle Reed, San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said Myles Eden enters camp as the team’s starter. Reed suffered a stress fracture in his foot at the end of spring practice but should be ready to practice. Tomey said Eden was “significantly ahead” in the competition for the starting quarterback spot.