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Sunday night update

By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, August 31st, 2008 at 9:23 pm in Last game tidbits.

Cal held its usual brief Sunday conditioning workout tonight. Afterward, Jeff Tedford said the team came out of Saturday’s game in pretty good shape healthwise.

The only concern is punter Bryan Anger, who suffered a sprained knee trying to get away a punt after mishandling the snap from Nick Sundberg. Anger is going to undergo an MRI on Tuesday and Tedford said the punter will rest most of the week. Anger said he thought he will play Saturday at Washington State.

Tedford provided some interesting insight about the mishandled snap after the game.

“One of the problems with having such a great snapper like Nick Sundberg is he snaps it so fast and so hard that you really have to be a great athlete to catch it,” he said. “That thing was smoking when it got to Bryan. Obviously, we don’t want that to happen again.”

Tedford said he was pleased with what he saw after reviewing the tape of the game. He hadn’t started working on Washington State as of Sunday night.

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  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Wazzou’s gameplan is real simple.

    On O pass and pass often into a very porous UCB pass defense;

    On D stack the box, force UCB to pass to its non existent WRs, eliminate the dump offs to he RBs and take away the TE by double teaming him with a LB and a safety. It should be a very interesting game.

  • IamAlCindor

    LOL! That’s a funny prediction, Moron! Too bad, your predictions on the MSU Scout.com site were completely wrong. It looks like you single-handily silenced that board with your stupidity. Way to go!

    Now, you’re predicting that WSU will pass, even though only one receiver had more than 2 receptions against OSU? That’s brilliant! Gotta any other foolish thoughts coming out of your behind? How about the fact that WSU only had 13 points in which 7 of those were in mop up time? Geez Monty, picked a winner, fundmanager. I’m glad you’re only throwing away your own money. Take care of that illness. We don’t want you to leave us before our Bears beat your condoms this year.

  • Mustang man

    Typical moren, getting excited about the double team when football players are involved.

  • Jan K Oski

    The defense gave up 3 offensive TDs, and one of those came on a short field due to the blocked punt. Rios won’t be delivering a bullet next game… As I hoped for, Cal’s defense just might be carrying this team to victory. Vegas, here I come!

  • IamAlCindor

    But, what about zero SC RBs not breaking the 75 yard mark? Can McKnight say goodbye to the Heisman? What did Bush say to him in that pre-commit phone call?

    Then, Sanchez only completed one pass to the WRs that went beyond 10 yards in the first half. Can anyone say boring passing? Another ado to the Heisman? He’s lucky he can ride the coat-tails of other players.

  • richard yelland

    not to mention, another one of those touchdowns came after the roughing the kicker penalty. a drive that should have stopped there and probably one of the most frustrating moments of the game. more than anything cal has to clean up mental errors and penalties. personally i think cal will overpower WSU on all fronts. but if they give up as many second chances as they did on the opener, they won’t have home field to keep them afloat. it could go south real fast. what’s most interesting is to see what everyone here is going to whine about now that Riley is a lock and the D is standing up and taking a leadership role.

  • OldBearsFan

    Looks like Moronsarecoming [AKA 'the troll'] has been reading football articles. Almost sounds like he knows a little something about football, but of course he just copies stuff real good. He knows no more about WSU’s game plan than my dog does. If you’re wondering why he’s bugging Cal’s blogs, no doubt U$C’s have banned him!

  • C 91

    Don’t see anything troll-ish about the post starting this thread. That’s exactly what WSU should do.

    Bottom line is Jones and Calvin are going to have to do something. I’m not sweating Hagan as much. I don’t think we’re going to see a Syd-like arc with him, but he should at least be serviceable.

  • Steve in Concord

    I hope a lot of Cal fans saw tonight’s exciting UCLA-Tennessee game and file it away for future reference. A young Quarterback named Kevin (a coach’s son) led his team to a stirring come-from-behind victory after throwing FOUR interceptions in the first half.

    Even though this was an important game for UCLA–home opener against an SEC opponent, with a new coach to boot–I don’t recall him being showered with boos, and he responded with an excellent second half performance.

    I can only hope Cal fans show our young Kevin the same support if he should struggle later on this season. If memory serves me, Aaron Rodgers had a bad game or two his first season at Cal and he was more experienced than Riley, having spent a full season quaterbacking a JC team.

    Until our young receivers get their “turf legs” solidly under them, we might expect some shaky moments from Kevin. Fortunately our next three games are very winnable contests. However, if Riley continues to play as well as he has so far–making it six good games in a row–he will give Cal fans good reason to have high hopes for this season and next.

    Tonight’s UCLA game might also prompt some of us to re-evaluate Nate Longshore’s performance. Throwing a couple interceptions doesn’t necessarily make you a “loser”.

    P.S. Thanks UCLA for upholding PAC-10 honor against the SEC and putting Cal into the Top-25 rankings.

  • Jack

    Steve, there was booing at the start of half time of the UCLA game.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I can’t wait for Pac 10 play to start for the kingdom of Troy. There will never be a year like this one when we bring every team to its knees. Sanchez, Johnson, McKnight, Gables, Bradford, Turner, Williams, Havili, Mays, Cush, Rey Rey, Griff, Mo Man, etc. First in football and then academics.

    In academics, “(USC) outstripped UCLA five years ago, passed Berkeley two years ago, and are now nipping at the heels of Stanford. Today USC dominates over all competitors” – USC President Steven B. Sample

  • IamAlCindor

    How many SC RBs had +100 yards rushing on Saturday against a weak team? Zero! Boring!

    How many SC WRs had catches beyond 10 yards in the first half? One! Boring!

  • dball

    Go find some real research and statistics, troll….preferably not quoted or sponsored by the school you’re trying to represent.

  • macdaddytms

    …couldn’t crack the coaches poll…

  • CalBear

    Speaking of USC academics — I found this on the SC board. It was in response to an SC fan asking why everyone disses the SC academics:
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    You have an image problem with the academics of your football team because a huge percentage of your players are in one major. That’s known as a “major dump” and typically, the major the players are dumped in are easy.

    If you go over your roster — only 30 upper division (junior or senior) players even list a major — that’s a perception issue right there when advanced players still haven’t declared a major. Of the 30 who have declared, over half — 16 — are in Sociology. And another 3 are in American Studies. That’s an awful high percentage, and it becomes a perception issue because Sociology and Am Stud classes are typically graded by papers, not tests. And while it’s tough to have someone take a test for you, it’s not tough to have someone write a paper for you.

    Sure, there’s no proof of anything going on that would violate academic integrity — but when more than half your players go to one single major — historically that says something, and not something good.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    CalBear Says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 10:55 am
    Speaking of USC academics — I found this on the SC board. It was in response to an SC fan asking why everyone disses the SC academics:
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    You have an image problem with the academics of your football team because a huge percentage of your players are in one major. That’s known as a “major dump” and typically, the major the players are dumped in are easy.

    If you go over your roster — only 30 upper division (junior or senior) players even list a major — that’s a perception issue right there when advanced players still haven’t declared a major. Of the 30 who have declared, over half — 16 — are in Sociology. And another 3 are in American Studies. That’s an awful high percentage, and it becomes a perception issue because Sociology and Am Stud classes are typically graded by papers, not tests. And while it’s tough to have someone take a test for you, it’s not tough to have someone write a paper for you.

    Sure, there’s no proof of anything going on that would violate academic integrity — but when more than half your players go to one single major — historically that says something, and not something good.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I have heard that was put up by Sherman the good old tool who “advises” football players in the Social Welfare Department. Let’s cut to the chase. One of the dirty secrets of the Tedford era is that admission standards for recruits were lowered and then players were herded into gimmee programs – Social Welfare, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies and Art. Sherm’s analysis means nothing. Let’s say for instance that a program has a large contingent of players in the engineering program or pre med program. Would that be considered “not something good”? What Sherm “Advising Bear” should do is to build the case that Sociology at USC is a problem major. He doesn’t and he won’t. That is because UCB players are just as guilty and cannot take the high road. As for those upper division players at USC who have not declared majors all I can say is – UCB has them too.

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    USC being tops in football is one thing -everyone pretty much knows that, and they proved that this past weekend, so I’m not sure why anyone would spend their time reminding us of that – that’s just plain weird…with SC’s history, location, and budget, they’d better be great in football every year, otherwise, something’s really wrong.But being tops in academics? That’s a stretch. Not in any polls I’ve ever seen…troll…do tell!
    U.S. News&World report ranks Cal at (18) – slipped a little, but is still the top ranked public school and is ranked well ahead (of course)of USC (27) and it’s 37 grand/yr.tutition.
    However, we probably won’t see any respectable evidence of the troll’s claims, since “it” is just not very intelligent.

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    Tedford didn’t need to lower the standards, it’s a public school, numnuts. The reason Cal is tougher to get in than other public schools is due to it’s academic rep which results in a large numbers of people applying…however, Cal has always held out spots for JC transfers(15%)and,until Prop 97, for minorities with lower grades, because, lets face it -straight A’s and high SATs aren’t everything and only go so far in the working world. Russell White could barely read, and he made it in…so Tedford hasn’t done anything, he simply took advantage of the JC thing – unlike Stanford, which doesn’t allow them…in my opinion, that makes them kind of snobby, but at least they’re a great private school. USC, on the other hand, costs more, isn;t ranked anywhere close, has a terrible location,and holds out 20% of it’s incoming classes for those with family ties. Gee, that’s strength through merit…Daddy went there, so I get to.

    Football is for marketing and keeping the alumni coming back, so I don’t care if the fooball players aren’t chemistry majors – as long as they meet the minimum reqs. and can handle load, I’m happy. Stick with USC is great at football, but I wouldn’t tout them academically.

  • CalBear

    Moron — you already know the answer. You were asked on the SC board’s thread how many SW majors are on the team, and the answer is 2. You keep saying Cal does the same thing. Well first — that means you admit SC is putting players into one easy major, and second — you can’t prove that Cal is doing the same. Roster info is public, Moron — do the research.

    16 players at USC in one major? You’re the only one who doesn’t see what is going on.

  • 2010 Bear

    In academics, “(USC) outstripped UCLA five years ago, passed Berkeley two years ago, and are now nipping at the heels of Stanford. Today USC dominates over all competitors” – USC President Steven B. Sample
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    Dr. Sample needs to put down the pipe. Props to him for what he’s done at USC, certainly it’s become a pretty good university under his leadership, and that’s impressive for what was basically an expensive commuter school 15 years ago.

    But any suggestion that USC is academically more distinguished than Cal and UCLA in any department other than film/television is nothing more than wishful thinking. Cal has more top 5 ranked grad programs than any other university in the world, generations of groundbreaking research and excellence, and a history of sending more undergrads on to PhD programs than any other university. SC fans like to point out that their incoming freshmen have higher average SAT scores than do Cal’s. Some years, this is true. They also have much higher average family incomes. Cal educates more Pell grant recipients than all Ivies plus Stanford put together. Cal still gets more applicants and admits a lower percentage than USC. Football is great and I look forward to the inevitable day when Cal knocks SC off the Pac 10 throne. But when it comes to academics, the two schools play in different leagues. There is no rivalry between Cal and USC. Period.