Hello everyone. This is Curtis Pashelka. I attended Tuesday night’s practice at Memorial, filling in for Jonathan.
There’s not much to report. LB Zack Follett missed practice because a schoolwork-related activity, coach Jeff Tedford said. Tedford also said lineman Kevin Bemoll, who was moved to the offensive line as a stopgap to provide some depth, will be moved back to defense once the season’s over. Also, depending on how next week’s practice goes, Tedford said QB Nate Longshore might get some snaps in the Washington game.
Tedford commented on Washington, and how last year’s game was brought up in today’s team meeting. In that game, the Huskies dominated the line of scrimmage and piled up some 360 yards on the ground and scored three rushing touchdowns.
“That had never happened to us before, since we’ve been here, that I can remember. So there’s going to be a lot of motivation to make sure we take care of our assignments and do our job so that doesn’t happen again,” said Tedford, who added that any leftover excitement about Saturday’s win over Stanford has been officially put to bed.
Tedford was asked if he’s pulling for either Oregon State or Oregon in this weekend’s Civil War. He said he’ll be watching and will try to be prepared for any scenario, but doesn’t have any rooting interest.
I asked Tedford if he’s concerned at all that if Oregon and Cal wind up tied for third in the Pac-10, that the Holiday Bowl committee will take the Ducks, even though the Bears beat them head to head. There’s been some scuttlebutt recently in media blogs that the Pac-10 representative will be the Ducks, regardless of the winner this weekend. Jon Wilner of the Merc also has an explanation here.
Tedford hadn’t heard of this and understandably didn’t wish to comment on such speculation. After all, the conventional wisdom still has the Bears going to San Diego if OSU wins this weekend. Jonathan had a story about this last week.
Anyway, that was it. Have a good night.