There was something different about practice Monday night. With a game now imminent, there seemed to be a renewed focus, but still a lot of enthusiasm.
The Bears are getting healthier. Tight end Cameron Morrah returned to practice, and right guard Noris Malele was back taking reps with the first team. Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson has graduated to a yellow jersey.
Wide receiver Michael Calvin still isn’t practicing, but coach Jeff Tedford said he expects him and Thompson to be ready by Saturday.
Cal’s media relations department released the first depth chart of the season and there were a few notables. Darian Hagan is listed as the starting corner opposite Thompson over Chris Conte, but Tedford said after practice that the position is still being evaluated. It’s hard to tell anything from practice because, with Thompson limited, both Hagan and Conte are running with the first unit.
As expected, Calvin, Sean Young and LaReylle Cunningham are listed as the starting wide receivers.
Derrick Hill is listed as the starting nose guard over Mika Kane, and Tedford confirmed that Hill is the man. Tedford said Kane isn’t ready because he’s missed most of camp with an ankle sprain.
Tedford said kick and punt returners are still up in the air.
The Bears voted on team captains for the season and they chose center Alex Mack, fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou and linebackers Zack Follett and Anthony Felder. Tedford said there are four or five others that will rotate as team captains throughout the season.
Tedford said the status of junior college transfer Kamaron Yancy is still up in the air. Yancy has been working to get his coursework in order before he joins the team. Tedford said defensive back Gary Doxy still could return to the team. Doxy was dismissed early in camp to focus on his studies.
Cal will hold its first weekly press luncheon of the season tomorrow. I’ll have a lot from the session afterward.