Post-practice: Thursday

Note: This entry is by staff writer Chace Bryson, filling in for Jonathan Okanes on Thursday:

The primary storyline to Thursday’s practice was quarterback Kevin Riley being given the opportunity to work exclusively with the first team. Working on the hurry-up offense with full squads, Riley’s first pass was a 30-yard completion to Michael Calvin on a wheel pattern down the left sideline. 

The sophomore signal-caller had his ups and downs during Thursday’s workout.  His nicest pass of the afternoon came on a rollout to his right when he hit Nyan Boateng cutting across the middle about 40 yards down field. Boateng caught the ball in stride and went into the end zone untouched. Riley’s day also included a handful of misreads and a few overthrows.

Asked for a quick assessment of Riley’s day with the first team, coach Jeff Tedford seemed encouraged, but not overly so.

“It’s practice, and we’ll watch the tape,” Tedford said. “Every day is a learning process for everybody. (Riley) did some good things and some not-so-good things.”

Longshore had a relatively strong day with the second team offense. He had a copule of 60-plus yard touchdown passes. He hit tight end Tad Smith over the middle for a score. And he connected with wideout Sean Young on a fly pattern down the right sideline. Young beat freshman cornerback Michael Anthony on the play. However, Anthony redeemed himself later in practice when he picked up the only interception of the evening. He jumped the route on a Beau Sweeney pass and returned it 25 yards into the end zone.

Overall, Tedford was pleased with Thursday’s workout as the team transitions into full-pad workouts on Friday.

“We had more mistakes today, and that’s to be expected when you continue to install plays,” Tedford said. “But tomorrow we get to be in full gear, so it’s going to be real football tomorrow. So I’m anxious to see guys get after it. I’m sure the energy and tempo is going to be great.”

Some players already seemed to be itching for full pads on Thursday. Junior safety Gary Doxy lowered his shoulder pads to Jeremy Ross after Ross had a pass go off his fingertips early in practice. And senior wide receiver Drew Glover delivered a punishing block on a screen pass near the end of workouts.   

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.

  • Pasadena Dave

    This is the first time I’ve seen Sweeney mentioned in a report. How has his progression been so far in fall camp?

  • Teff EdFord

    The “QB Controversy” is over. Farve will go back to the Pack, and Aaron Rodgers is coming back to Cal!

  • Steve in Concord

    If Aaron Rodgers had stayed at Cal another year he would have been drafted much higher in the next years draft, and wouldn’t have been stuck behind Favre for three years. As I recall, Aaron’s contract was heavy on performance bonuses, most of which were never earned due to lack of playing time. I don’t think he or his agent thought Favre would play more than a year or two. Oh well. At least he is getting his chance now. I look forward to watching him play and hope he does well enough to make Packer fans shut up about Brat Favre.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Dave, Sweeney has been fine. It’s really hard to get a gauge on a guy who only gets a handful of preps per practice. Needless to say, he’s going to be waiting for awhile to get his turn with all the quarterbacks in this program.