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Football: Training camp report — Aug. 8

Jeff Tedford walked way from the second day of training camp a little disappointed. He felt like his team suffered a bit of a letdown, that the Bears were only amped up Friday because it was the first day of camp. He talked to the team after practice about bringing maximum effort every day and every practice. It will be interesting to see how they respond Sunday.

The highlight of practice was a play made by quarterback Kevin Riley. He stepped up under pressure with the pocket collapsing around him and threw a pass downfield off the run. It landed perfectly in the arms of Jahvid Best, who easily found his way to the end zone.

Wide receiver Michael Calvin has had a strong first couple of days of practice. Nothing spectacular, but considering he’s coming off ACL injury, he’s looked smooth catching passes and taking hits without incident.

Jeremy Ross made a nice catch in the end zone off a tight, short throw through traffic from Riley. And Marvin Jones had a nice day as well.

I talked with Ross, Jones and Nyan Boateng tonight for a story I will be doing on the receivers for Monday. The receiving corps seems to be coming around, something that could be key to the season.

Brock Mansion took the majority of the first team reps today, but Riley still got his share.

I got a few questions this week about backup punter Ryan Theimer. He indeed quit the team. That leaves the Bears without a backup, so kicker David Seawright is going to assume that role. Seawright doesn’t have any punting experience – He just started practicing during the summer. The Bears practiced special teams for the first time tonight, and Seawright was predictably all over the place with his punts. Tedford is confident Seawright will be able to do the job by the start of the season if anything happens to Bryan Anger.

Freshman Vince D’Amato practiced his first field goal attempts at Cal. His first attempt sailed left and his second was blocked, but he shook it off. Giorgio Tavecchio still looks strong, and Seawright had some nice efforts as well.

Syd’Quan Thompson, Jones, Boateng, Ross and Shane Vereen all took reps at punt returner. The Bears didn’t do any kickoff work.

The Bears will practice in shells for the first time Sunday.

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.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    And this practise is on Tedford. This summarizes exactly what is the difference between our practices and yours. PC opens up every practise to the public. Why? Because it motivates the players. They act like a real game is happening. It is what it is.

  • Shawn

    it is what it is. that’s deep.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Worth reading. Why is that a true freshman QB can be competing for arguably the most prestigious position in the country and succeed. It is because of coaching, talent, coaching and coaching. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/08/08/sports/s204226D56.DTL

  • covinared

    One thing my life is missing is rooting for a team that opens all its practices to the public. God why have you forsaken me?

  • abe

    i must admit, i like the idea of opening up practices to the public. not only does it allow fans to become more involved with their team, i think it also provides motivation for the players. i used to watch the ‘SC practices and when someone does something nice the fans cheer and this makes everybody else work extra hard to earn some cheer also. after all we are egotistic maniacs and we love attention and admiration from people. i understand the general reason often given for having closed practices is to keep plays secret and all but i find that to be bullshit. first of all, the majority of practice is basic work and drills not installing plays, especially during camp. football games are not one on just specific trick plays and such but consistent hard work and execution. I think we can do the same thing what Pete, Sark…etc do which is have open practices and towards the end hold a few closed practices to install some secret plays.

  • Pug

    This sounds good for Riley and the receivers. They are the key to success for the season. If other teams have to defend the pass and can’t stack the box against the run, the Bears offense will be very potent and Jahvid Best will run wild. Riley is going to have to tear somebody up with the passing game first, though.

  • nickle

    Great analysis NC. Or it could just mean SC’s situation at QB is in serious question if a true freshman is competing for the job. Just depends how you look at it.

    If you follow college football, you would know how hard it is for a first yr qb to perform well, especially those who haven’t been around for long at a program.

  • milo

    While I might attend one practice just to see, I can appreciate why practice is closed even though I watch one. I think it minimizes distractions and helps focus and it keeps football from becoming a zoo.

    I don’t think it’s about secrecy although when you hear about how $C will go to any length for a competitive advantage (payola, looking the other way, coach/consultants, etc.) there’s nothing wrong with be cautious. The thing about Memorial is it’s pretty easy to get in.

    Beyond that, nice report. It sounds like things are coming together.

  • Larry

    I don’t know how it is this year, but the past two or so years they have had security folks posted at every point of entry and at Tightwad Hill so that people can’t sneak in to watch practices. To enter the stadium, you have to go to the office and get a pass to attend, but I believe you have to be family of the players etc.
    Does anyone know more details about attending practices?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    JO – your article on the WRs posted tonight was well done. Thank you for your time and effort. Would it be possible to ask Boateng and Tucker what were the hardest hits they experienced last year?