By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 9:46 pm in Mid-week.
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.