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The season cometh

There are a few ways to tell the start of the season is now just a matter of days away. Billboards of players are being hung around Memorial Stadium (Linebacker Zack Follett and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou are featured at the Prospect lot entrance. Maintenance workers were spraying down all the bleachers the other day. Other workers were installing power and phone lines in the press box, not to mention the all-important televisions. Oh, and of course, I wrote my Cal and Pac-10 previews.

A full scouting report of Cal will appear in tomorrow’s paper, along with capsules of all Pac-10 teams. AFter that, it’s simply time to get ready for Michigan State.

Wednesday’s practice was fairly uneventful. Quarterback Kevin Riley continues to play well. His accuracy during the last several practices has been impeccable. Wide receiver Michael Calvin continues to be held out of practice with his sprained toe, but coach Jeff Tedford said he hopes to get Calvin reps on Thursday. Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson is doing more and more each day at practice and it looks as though he’ll be ready for Saturday.

Tedford was asked once again about the receivers after practice, and he continues to stress that six or seven guys will be rotated in and out. He said there will be new receivers on the field on practically every play. “It doesn’t matter who’s starting,” he said.

Tedford also said the coaching staff still hasn’t decided on who will handle kickoffs. Tedford previously announced that walk-on freshman David Seawright won the placekicking job over senior Jordan Kay, but the two are battling for kickoff duties as well. For the record, Seawright has been kicking with the first team in practice.

I haven’t been able to post links the past couple days so here’s a little catching up:

–As always, ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has some good stuff, some of it pertaining to Cal in his Pac-10 blog.

–A couple of experts attempt to predict this season’s bowl matchups, with Cal getting picked for the Holiday Bowl by one and the Las Vegas Bowl by another.

–Here’s the very latest on the student-athlete center. It looks like another appeal is imminent.

–Cal has made some changes in their home game operations. Some good information for fans, especially those attending Saturday’s game.

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.

  • Matt S.

    From Ted Miller’s Blog:

    Cal fans: You have been called out. Here’s a question from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s press conference: “Folks from Cal have told us that they’re expecting probably 15,000-16,000 Spartan fans. It’s not traditionally a loud stadium. How do you use that in recruiting?” “Not a traditionally loud stadium.” Ouch.

    Tape that to every Cal fan’s whiteboard.

  • Jan K Oski

    Thanks for sharing JO! I do hope we get to see Calvin flash his brilliance on Saturday, but I’m going to sleep easy with all of those able bodies behind him, if he can’t. Also, who was returning the 1st team kickoffs and punts or was it a rotation? The juice is flowing in Strawberry Canyon! Go Bears!

  • RollinBear

    JO, will you report Cameron Jordan’s arrest or is it quietly going to be swept under carpet?

  • rollonubears

    whoa! only mention of it online is on a spartan forum. is it true? they’d better discipline the heck out of him, maybe suspend him for the season or something. that’s a big deal. drinking, being drunk, smoking or having pot, those are all things that can hurt you and the team, but driving under the influence is something that can kill innocent people. that’s a huge deal, and an embarrassment. we’ve already got boateng’s baggage. if this is true, tedford should punish him big time.

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  • Jonathan Okanes

    Jan, Best and Vereen are returning kicks. Best and Sean Young are returning punts, but I think Syd’Quan Thompson will be the man there once he’s fully healthy.

  • Oski K.

    Rollonubears, lighten up, you sound ridiculous!!!