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Cal football: Spring practice preview — offensive line

By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 8:46 pm in off-season stuff.

RETURNING STARTERS: Tackle Mitchell Schwartz, tackle MIke Tepper, guard/center Chris Guarnero, tackle Chet Teofilo, tackle/guard Donovan Edwards, guard Mark Boskovich.

WHO TO WATCH OUT FOR: Center Dominic Galas

POSSIBLE SURPRISE: Matt Summers-Gavin

THE BREAKDOWN: Although the Bears lose a lot of experience and talent along the offensive line with center Alex Mack and right guard Noris Malele departing, they still feature pretty good depth. That will make for a very competitive spring.

Cal has six linemen that have started games in their careers. Mike Tepper and Mitchell Schwartz are the top returning tackles and figure to be starters. Coach Jeff Tedford said Tepper will play left tackle and Schwartz will be at right tackle. Tepper was slated to play left tackle last season before injuries shelved his whole season. The spring will be important for Tepper to get back into the swing of things.

Schwartz started the 2008 season at right tackle but swapped with Chet Teofilo early on and played the left side the remainder of the season. Teofilo missed the second half of the season with an ankle injury, and that allowed Donovan Edwards to get some experience. Teofilo and Edwards will battle to provide depth, and Edwards could move to guard.

Justin Cheadle, who replaced Malele for a couple games last season because of injury, is on the fast track to earn one of the guard spots. The other side appears to be pretty open. Mark Boskovich became the starter at left guard after Chris Guarnero incurred a season-ending toe injury early in the season, but he could be pushed by Matt Summers-Gavin, Richard Fisher or Edwards if he makes the switch inside.

Guarnero will switch back to his natural position at center now that Mack has moved on, but Tedford said redshirt freshman-to-be Dominic Galas could make a push. Galas was pulled off the scout team last year to take reps with the offense after the injuries piled up. If Galas plays well, perhaps he or Guarnero could play guard after all.

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  • Big D

    J.O.

    I noticed that Cody Jones is missing from the updated roster on calbears.com. Is he still on the team?

    Also, there is a #7 Quinn Tedford WR listed I’m assuming thats Jeff’s kid. What’s his story?

    Finally, Joe Kapp’s kid is listed as #22, what’s his story? Why did he take his father’s # when he was #36 the past few years and didn’t seem to want to be in Joe’s shadow?

  • wehofx

    JO, I asked this before and if you answered it, I apologize.

    Do you think one of the reasons we lost S Hasiak(sp?) to slick rick is because ucla is so thin on the O line that he’ll probably play as a frosh? As opposed to Cal where I’m assuming he probably would have red shirted?

    Go Bears!

  • gobears88

    JO,

    What is that possibility that Teofilo gets moved inside? He’s experienced and seems to have the rightd size for an interior ol.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Big, Cody had to quit football. His ankle has never healed properly and he simply can’t go anymore. Yes, Quinn is Jeff Tedford’s younger son. He helped out on scout team last year and now is an official member of the roster at wide receiver. I haven’t talked to Will, but I do know that No. 22 became available because of Tracy Slocum’s departure.
    Wehofx, that’s very possible. Obviously, UCLA’s 0-line is in much more need of a quick fix than Cal’s. Hasiak probably would have had to wait longer at Cal than at UCLA to play. But many still believe that he also wanted to go to the same school as his buddy, Xavier Su’a-Filo.
    Go, that’s a possibility. Chet is still hobbling right now but he did take one rep at right guard on the first day of the spring.