By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 9:46 pm in off-season stuff.
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.