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Football: Bay Area Media Day

Hey, folks. After a long day, just now getting around to posting some stuff from today’s Bay Area College Football Media Day at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. It’s always an exciting day because it means the start of training camp is just around the corner.

First, here’s the story I wrote for Tuesday’s paper, highlighting a funny exchange Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh had with Jahvid Best. Harbaugh thought Best was former Cal quarterback and current San Jose State quarterback Kyle Reed.

There was no earth-shattering news on the Cal side of things. One development that has been published elsewhere that I sat on for a few days to confirm is that junior college wide receiver Markish Jones did not qualify to come to Cal. That means the Bears aren’t adding any scholarship receivers into the mix this season.

Some other notes:

–I asked Jeff Tedford if his evaluation of the quarterbacks will be any different than in years past. The only thing he said he might do differently this season is let the third string quarterback get more reps with the first and second team. Part of that likely is because Beau Sweeney made such a strong impression during the spring. “(Sweeney) has progressed well and I think he showed in the spring that when we gave him the opportunity to plant his feet and make his reads, he did a really nice job,” Tedford said.

–Tedford said Brian Holley will begin camp as the No. 1 fullback, but kept up his praise of Will Kapp, which started in the spring. “I think Will Kapp has a real strong chance to compete for that spot,” Tedford said. “He’s really competitive and has a great feel for the game, and he’s really athletic. He can run, he can catch, he’s tough and he has a great feel for the game. He’s just a really good football player.”

–Tedford said Chet Teofilo will enter camp as the starting right guard. Mark Boskovich and Matt Summers-Gavin are competing for the left guard spot.

–Defensive back Syd’Quan Thompson said the receivers that he’s gone head-to-head against during the summer are doing a good job. “I’ve been impressed with the receivers,” Thompson said. “It’s probably one of the best offseasons that our group of receivers have had. They’re not just working out on the days that we’re scheduled to work out. They’re really determined as a unit to get better.”

–I asked Thompson to name an incoming freshman that has stood out during summer workouts, and he didn’t hesitate to name defensive back Steve Williams, who was considered one of the jewels of the recruiting class. Williams decommitted from Oklahoma to join the Bears. “I call him Speedy Williams. He’s so quick and so fast,” Thompson said. “He really stuck out to me over the three or four weeks that he’s been here. It seems like he’s always making a play on the ball on one-on-ones. I think he has a bright future in front of him.”

–Best said he’s put on about 10 pounds since last season and will begin camp weighing in somewhere between 200 and 204 pounds.

–Best said he’s never watched the Heisman Trophy ceremony on TV. When I asked him if he knew who won it last year, he said “One of those quarterbacks.”

I will have much more up from media day on Tuesday.

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.

  • calfan1

    I don’t blame coach Harbaugh for not recognizing Best. It’s not like he saw Jahvid’s face during the big game anyway. All he saw as #4 from behind… flying past Cardinal.

  • VatoZapato

    I love the hear about up and coming cornerbacks…

  • Tony

    Wow, coming from Syd, that’s high praise for the receivers (though I’ll grant that perhaps he’s simply trying to raise their morale/confidence). Whichever it is, it’s pretty clear that the key to this being a special season is our passing game.

    JO, is there any news on the starting secondary yet? Of course Syd will start, but is Hagan still pencilled in? Or Conte? And who will the starting safeties be?

    Thanks for all the insights. Can’t wait for the season! Go Bears!

  • Rey from Napa

    As a former Vallejoan, I went out of my way to chat for a few seconds with Javid after the luncheon. He is a low-key demenadored, no nonsense guy. I always hope good guys prevail and this guy deserves all the accolades. Good luck on a successful season as an individual and a team. Rose Bowl please!!!!!

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Tony, I think you can count on Thompson, Hagan and Ezeff as starters. The other safety spot is up in the air between Brett Johnson and Sean Cattouse. Johnson should begin camp taking the first team reps since he is the incumbent. But I think Bob Gregory plans on using Ezeff, Johnson and Cattouse a lot this year.