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Thursday night update

By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 10:58 pm in Mid-week.

There wasn’t too much reaction from this afternoon’s court ruling by the football team because nobody knew about it as the Bears came off the practice field. Coach Jeff Tedford hadn’t even been debriefed when he met with reporters immediately after practice. After speaking with reporters, he spoke with athletic director Sandy Barbour, who gave him the news. But Tedford and Barbour aren’t going to do any cartwheels until there actually is some physical progress on the project.

“What will be really exciting is when there is something beyond words,” Barbour said.

“This thing has taken a lot of twists and turns. We believe this is the final piece. the time to really feel like we’re underway is when we’re underway.”

Barbour, who spoke to reporters after practice as well, didn’t know what the university’s next step was, but said the trees outside Memorial Stadium could come down sometime next week.

On the field, wide receiver Michael Calvin continues to demonstrate that he is returning to full health and should play a big role on Saturday. Tedford said punter Bryan Anger is ready and will make the trip. The Bears are also taking both David Seawright and Jordan Kay. Seawright will handle both kickoffs and field goals.

Injured left tackle Mike Tepper will not make the trip.

Both Tedford and defensive coordinator Bob Gregory marveled at Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers, who is 6-7 but runs around pretty well in the Cougars’ spread offense.

“One time we stopped the film, and he was a foot above everybody else,” Gregory said. “So he had great vision. For a guy who is 6-7, 220 pounds, he can move.”

“For as big as he is, I was amazed at his mobility and his athletic ability,” Tedford said. “He throws the ball effortless like Drew Bledsoe, but he’s much more mobile and athletic.”

Gregory, on WSU star receiver Brandon Gibson: “He’s a smart guy. They do a really nice job moving him around. That always poses some problems when you’re not exactly sure where he’s going to be. He’s their big-play guy.”

Gregory said he was unhappy with the Bears’ pass defense last Saturday, and said redshirt freshman Sean Cattouse could see some playing time at one of the safety spots.

Finally, here’s Tedford’s latest entry on his blog.

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  • Al da BERKELEY KID

    about time we get the student athletes into something SAFE and more modern for them. It would be a crime to have the big earthquake hit and have the entire team killed because we wanted to save a grove.

    don’t get me wrong I loved the grove. walking up piedmont then hanging in the shade and burning some northern cali tree. truly the way we do in berkeley.
    but now it’s time to build for our athletes safety NOW.

  • Kensington

    It is also the understanding, Mr. Al Da BERKELEY KID, that new trees will be planted leading to a replenishment of the nice grove you have been enjoying in fine Berkeley fashion.

  • CalAlum97

    JO, I thought Cattouse was originally a corner? I guess they’re switching him to safety then? Any word on why that was done?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Cal, good question. They started experimenting Cattouse at safety during training camp, I believe when Jesse Brooks was banged up, and they liked what they saw. I think Bob Gregory feels like he has some versatility with guys like Cattouse and Bryant Nnabufie, who can play both corner and safety.

  • Big D

    Cattouse sort of has that same tall & thinish build as DeCoud. I think he’d be a great Safety.