Cal football: Spring practice No. 2

As is the case early in spring, there were a lot of position drills Sunday. But there was a bit more 11-on-11 action as well.

Kevin Riley was back at practice and looked very sharp. He seemed to throw with a purpose and his accuracy was good.

Brock Mansion struggled. Several of his passes were off the mark, either overthrown or behind receivers. Beau Sweeney didn’t really stand out either way, although he made one pass that should have been intercepted by D.J. Holt (he dropped it and then did the obligatory push-ups). Of course, Sweeney is now taking third-team reps with Riley back, and that always has to be taken into consideration.

One thing that stood out to me Sunday was Giorgio Tavecchio, who crushed field goal after field goal. He hit several 45-yarders that would have been good from 55 yards. Something tells me that Tavecchio knows that Vince D’Amato is coming, and he wants to do something about it. Even reserve kicker Nick Demopoulos nailed some long-range field goals.

Speaking of kickers, David Seawright still isn’t practicing because of his groin injury. I talked to him briefly after practice today and it turns out his injury was more serious than once believed. He said he suffered a muscle tear, and the way he did so was rare. In fact, he said he was told by Cal’s trainers that the type of injury he suffered was “one in a million.” Seawright said he’s been doing some limited work but hopes to be kicking field goals by the end of the spring.

A couple of you have asked about the status of defensive lineman Cody Jones. His career is over. Coach Jeff Tedford said Jones’ ankle just “never responded” and can’t play anymore. Jones missed last year but put off having surgery with the hopes of being able to play near the end of the season. He actually practiced a bit near the end of the year but never got into a game. 

“Cody pretty much had to have reconstruction on his ankle,” Tedford said. “It never responded. When we gave him rest, it would get to the point where he could do some things. He wanted to stay available to the team in case of an emergency where he could help out at the end of the year for a game or two.”

Tedford also said reserve offensive lineman Matt Laird is no longer on the team because of a medical hardship.

Cal’s next practice will be Tuesday night.

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.

  • Nice to hear Riley looked sharp! Hopefully he realized in the off season that our hopes rest on his arm and will take a stronger leadership role. I know he has the talent.

  • Msanchez75

    Yeah good news on Riley. As long as he knows he just needs to play “well” and not necessarily “great” I think he’ll be fine. He’s shown leadership before so hopefully he can do it again. Roll on!

  • damn, that’s 3 guys now that are done playing due to injury…hope the rest can stay healthy…go Bears

  • southseasbear

    What happened to Sam DeMartinis, perhaps the most heralded of the OL recruits a couple of years ago? He won scout team honors while redshirting in 2007 and then sat out with an injury last year. I haven’t read anything about him, not even on the list of players expected to provide depth on the line.

  • Robert

    Thanks J.O.
    I am interested in reading your thoughts on Deboskie after you have watched him for a bit. I am curious to see if you think he has a chance to be really good at some point in his Bear career, and if so how soon?

  • Dan

    Yep – thanks for the update. Good to hear Riley was accurate. Tedford basically said Riley played last year because he didn’t throw pics and could run, but has clearly signaled discontent with his mechanics and accuracy. If he’s making progress on the accuracy front, our passing game should improve. Sad to hear about Cody Jones – sometimes you forget how violent this game is. Here’s a 21 yr old kid who may never be able to run with his kids because he gave his ankle to play college football.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    South, DeMartinis has already got some reps this spring, but he’s still young and spent much of last season injured. So he’s a little behind because of that.
    Robert, DeBoskie definitely is talented. He has a chance to be very good. His only problem will be fighting the other talented backs on the team for playing time. But the potential definitely is there.

  • Davidson

    JO, rumor has it that “Debo” has put on a significant amount of muscle/weight since high school. Does he look bigger than he did during the spring last year? Can he be the thunder to complement Best (lightning)? We terribly need someone to pound out 3rd and 1s. Is it possible that he gets more carries than Vareen this upcoming season?

  • Mike

    JO, With Best sitting out Spring Camp and Vereen a virtual lock as he #2 man do you see DeBoskie getting enough reps to allow Best and/or Vereen to start lining up at WR every once in a while? I really feel we need to start implementing both Best and Vereen into as many mismatch scenarios as possible. There’s way too much speed and talent between the two of them to not have both of them on the field at the same time. Especially with the new OC I would love to see opposing LB’s scrambling trying to cover all the weapons. Roll on!

  • milo

    Great stuff! Maybe Riley needed to see his bro go through a life changing experience to get some perspective on life, or maybe the monkey called Longshore is off his back. Either way…looking forward to the season!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    milo Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
    …maybe the monkey called Longshore is off his back>>>>> Calling Longshore a monkey is just flat out disrespectful! This fan base ceases to amaze me with its classlessness. Furthermore what recruit would ever come to this program knowing a fan base will turn this ugly. Look – Longshore wasn’t very good. In fact he was very poor. He ceratinly did nothing to warrant his coach being called a QB guru. Still he gave it his all and to be called a monkey is enough to make me want to distance myself from this board. This may just have been the final straw. I have done my best to keep this board lively, entertaining and football related. I have to admit it hasn’t been easy. This recent post leaves me speechless. Even PUCLA fans don’t go this deep.

  • Jake

    Hey MoreNCs Retard,

    If you are speechless why are you posting?!?

    And just so you know, “getting the monkey off his back” is what they call and idiom. Maybe they didn’t teach you that at USC- IDIOT!!

    Give it a rest already- nobody cares about your analysis or your opinion. And it’s funny that in trying to look educated and “classy,” you do nothing but reinforce that you are ignorant and classless!! If your life aspiration is to annoy, you do a very good job. I’m sure your parents would be very proud.

  • Will

    HAHAHHA wow. I’ve seen Patty Cakes say some really stupid stuff on here, but this tops everything. You think Milo’s insulting Longshore? Moron, you say that we’re all lying about you failing out of Davis Law School. Thanks for just proving us correct by showing that you don’t know what a figure of speech is. How did you even get into Davis law school to begin with?

  • Will

    I should add that I’m glad they don’t ban people on this board, because Moron boosts everyone’s self-esteem. No matter how bad things are going for you, at least you’ll never be as stupid pathetic as Patty Cakes. What’s your IQ, anyway?

  • Davidson

    He/she has got to be trolling.

    “An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.[2]”

    He/she must be. Because no one is this stupid. However, he/she does visit tons of message boards throughout the day…which even if they are just “trolling”…it’s still sad…

  • Oregonstateiscomingtobeatyou

    This is funny.

    Hey JO, be sure to include some updates on deboskie!

    BTW, the roster lists him as weighing ‘205’. I believe he was listed as being around 185 before. I’m sure this is an actual weight instead of a generous listing…let’s hope so. Remember the generous Jackson dimensions…

    Go bears and Go Deboskie’s frame!

  • wehofx

    Great to hear KR is starting well. Go Bears!

    morons = sociopath

    Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal. Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others.

    morons, boy or girl? Yes.

  • Calduke

    I hope Deboskie steps up.
    I suspect he will be needed towards the end of he season.

  • Pete Carroll

    Patty Cakes, I’ve told you to keep your nose in your work. You have no business commenting on matters you know nothing about. I suggest you confine your comments to topics you do know and I think you know where those topics are.


  • AERose

    (Man the revisionist history surrounding Longshore’s career is annoying. Dude runs roughshod for a season and a half, then he gets injured and all of a sudden he was never any good to begin with. Shameful. Not that that has anything to do with anything, but it’s something that crops up every so often, even in non-troll posts and it makes me hope that Longshore ends up as Mark Warner Mark Two.)

  • Booty Bear IV

    Let’s keep it about Football. Go Bears!

  • Will

    Pete, Patty Cakes was afraid to approach you about this, so she came to me with this problem. She’s working around your dog droppings all day. Unfortunately, she took your advice to keep her nose in her work too literally, if you know what I mean. The ammonia inhalation has caused her some serious lung and heart disturbances, and she wants to take time off. Her 400 pound frame doesn’t help matters. I hope that is okay with you.

  • BluenGold

    MoreNCsarecoming Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    milo Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
    “…maybe the monkey called Longshore is off his back>>>>> Calling Longshore a monkey is just flat out disrespectful! This fan base ceases to amaze me with its classlessness.”

    Hey Patty, I think you meant ‘never ceases to amaze me’. But that show of ignorance is hardly surprising given the seriously deficient intellectual and academic background from which you came. But if we had had any idea that all we had to do to get you to leave and stop posting here was to badmouth Nate Longshore, I am sure there would have been a tidal wave of postings along those lines beginning months, if not years, ago.

    Now, all you have to do is to make good on your promise and LEAVE. After all, how can we miss you if you don’t go away?

  • kyle


    MoreNCsarecoming your an IDIOT!!!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    kyle Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 11:07 am
    MoreNCsarecoming your an IDIOT!!! >>>> Not as much as you Kyle. Shouldn’t it be “you’re” or “you are”? Can I ask you how far along are you with your Social Welfare degree?

  • Will

    HAHAHAHA moron correcting someone’s grammar? That’s just rich. Moron you “cease to amaze me” hahahahaha

  • Will

    Do you think I’m Kyle as well?

  • Pete Carroll

    “MoreNCsarecoming Said:
    March 18th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    kyle Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 11:07 am
    MoreNCsarecoming your an IDIOT!!! >>>> Not as much as you Kyle. Shouldn’t it be “you’re” or “you are”?”

    I thought I made it very clear…you’re a patty caker. Now get back to your job.


  • kyle

    MoreNCsarecoming YOU’RE still an idiot.

  • Will

    Look at Moron, what a coward. Backs away from the thread after he gets owned by everyone and changes the topic by posting something about Marshawn Lynch on another thread. As if anyone’s going to lose sleep over that. I know it’s hard to engage in a conversation with your intellectual superiors, but it’ll only make you a better person, Patty Cakes.