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Wednesday night update

There’s apparently been some confusion over viewing options for Saturday’s game. So much so that Cal has put out a press release recapping how fans can watch the game.

Cal had a good practice Wednesday night as it continues to get ready for Washington State. It struck me tonight how much different this week’s preparation is than last week for the defense. Last week, the Bears were preparing for a run-it-down-your-throat offense, and did a good job stopping Michigan State’s power rushing attack. This week, the Bears will have to contend with the Cougars’ no-huddle, spread offense, newly implemented by new coach Paul Wulff. The good news for Cal is it faced several spread teams last year, and with nine returning starters, the Bears are probably pretty well-equipped to handle it.

Wide receiver Michael Calvin continues to move better and better and it looks like he’ll take on a much bigger role than last week, when he only saw a handful of reps. Calvin is the Bears’ best receiver and will make a big difference in the offense once he’s able to play every down.

“There’s no question he was our leading receiver coming into camp and he had a great camp,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said after practice today. “It would definitely be a little boost to have him healthy.”

Tedford also said that wide receiver Nyan Boateng has “been practicing really well” this week after a forgettable Cal debut Saturday in which he dropped two passes he should have caught. All things being equal, Calvin and Boateng potentially give the Bears a potent top line of receivers when both are at their best. But Calvin has to get healthy and Boateng has to get consistent.

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.

  • StanfordJim

    Calvin will get his touches despite the toe (and I’m certain this injury will linger for much of the season), and Boateng will have his breakout game versus the short WSU secondary.

    Riley will have a career day.

  • Goldiebear

    It’s good to hear that Boateng is “practicing really well”. Let’s hope that translates to gameday. I’m really not too worried about him though. Inexperienced players are going to be inconsistent and you really can’t evaluate a player on one game. Remember that UCLA’s quarterback was awful in the first half, throwing four INT’s then was great in the second half in a comeback victory.

  • Robert

    J.O. how does the D-Line rotation look this week? I saw people like Browner, Payne etc… get PT. How is that shaping up?

  • George

    Hmm, not to be pessimistic I don’t expect Calvin’s toe to completely heal for another 2 weeks. JO, thank you for your frequent updates? Has Tedford given Cameron Jordan the green light against WSU?

  • http://www.bearswithfangs.com Bearwithfangs

    Interesting note indeed regarding Boateng. Is that meant to be a confidence booster for Boateng, whose confidence was probably shaken enough after not getting the starting nod for the opener? Or is Tedford seeing something? That is, enough to move Boateng into the starting role over LRC on Sat?

  • George

    Ah, answered my own question. Jordan WILL be back and better than ever:

    http://www.dailycal.org/article/102463/gregory_believes_cal_d_can_be_even_better

  • George

    Whoops…

  • Goldiebear

    Stanfordjim and George–

    Thank you for your medical prognosis regarding Michael Calvin’s toe. Just exactly how did you both get access to his x-rays?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Robert, it’s getting better now that Cameron Jordan is back this week. Browner appears to be getting a closer look at practice and Payne is definitely in the rotation. The Bears are starting to build more depth along the defensive line, and that will come in handy against WSU because you can expect them to try to use a lot of personnel against the no-huddle offense to try to keep everyone fresh.
    George, yes, Jordan’s suspension was just for the opener.
    Bear, I think LaReylle will still start. Tedford, in general, always tries to be positive with his players, so I think he’s trying to encourage Boateng.