Football: Training camp report — Aug. 14

The Bears warmed up for their first double-day of camp Friday night with a good session just in shells.

–A couple of injury updates to add to last night’s list. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is one of a few players that are day-to-day with concussions. He didn’t practice yesterday or today. Cornerback Chris Conte missed tonght’s practice with a muscle pull. Nobody who was  injured previously returned tonight.

–Tedford praised the play of backup tight end Skylar Curran, who appears to me making waves on the depth chart. Curran is starting to get some second team reps and Tedford said he anticipates him contributing this season.

–Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion each had ups and downs today. Riley started off strong before missing some throws late, while Mansion did the opposite. Early on, Mansion overthrew Jarrett Sparks over the middle. Sparks tipped it into the air and it was intercepted by D.J. Campbell.

Mansion also made a bad decision when he telegraphed a screen to Dasarte Yarnway, and linebacker Ryan Davis stepped in front to pick it off and return it for a touchdown.

Davis had a pretty good practice. He made a nice play to get into the backfield on another run play, but running back Kevin Lewis eluded the tackle.

After looking sharp early, Riley overthrew wide receiver Alex Lagemann on one pass attempt and threw too far out of his reach on another. He later uncorked one right into the number of linebacker D.J. Holt, who intercepted the pass intended for Curran.

On Mansion’s first rep during the final 11-on-11 drill, he made a perfect throw down the middle of the field to hit Shane Vereen in stride against pretty tight coverage.

Riley ended strong, making a precise pass on a timing pattern to Anthony Miller for a touchdown during red zone work.

–Running back Jahvid Best returned to practice, but got a limited amount of reps. Tedford said Best is just sore and the team is being conservative with his practice load.

The Bears will practice in pads tomorrow morning and in helmets in the evening.

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

    Excellent report JO. Here is a great link. Enjoy.


  • rollonubears

    looking at their schedule, if they’re already injured at almost every position, there’s no way they’re going to be healthy after the maryland game, let alone the first 5 games. we always limp into every season with a boatload of injuries. something’s not right. no other team has this many issues, year in and year out. it’s probably because we just don’t have any premier athletes. these guys have junior college bodies and talent, but tedford ask for, and sometimes gets, D1 output.

  • Relax. No need to push any of these guys right now with any injuries. It’s week 2 of Fall Camp.

    Lack of premier athletes? Look again at the number of all-conference and all-american honors a lot of our guys have been racking up.

    We’re lucky not to have any of our starters out for more than a week at this point. We’re fine right now.

  • Rocko

    Yes JO excellent report, just outstanding, and here’s another great link, to be repeated October 3, 2009.


  • Calduke

    S**t happens!! Injuries Happen!! to all teams

    That is why depth is important. Recruiting of a reasonable number of quality-adequate personnel is critical.

  • abe

    i have been following cal football like no one i don’t remember this many injuries just one week into camp, not even remotely close. peet carroll can afford to have a incredibly intense type of workout because the back ups and back up back ups or all 4 and 5 stars. that is not the case with cal so we have to practice an intensity level that is conscious of that disparity in talent. What is the point of all this if come game day most of our key players are not even on the field? there is a fine line between having intensity during practice and having adequate amount of talent on the field during an actual game. all of this injury report is really alarming.

  • Davidson

    Wow, hand wringing here is at an all time high. These are not serious injuries at all.

  • Jan K Oski

    Davidson, concussions are serious, but Abe is blowing the typical number of injuries out of proportion. The free Rivals article from yesterday took a drastically different stance than Abe, the non-insider, as the author said, and I paraphrase, “the number of injuries are nothing different from past years.” If injuries are happening to starters in the ten day period before the Maryland game, when starters have been selected and the game plan is in full swing, then I’ll be concerned at certain positions. But, I have to recommend a deep breath to fans who are worried already. This past-time is something we should enjoy. Worrying does nothing in any situation, especially, in our leisure.

    Go BEARS!

  • Goldiebear


    Cal’s 2010 recruting class is currently ranked 20th by Scout and is that low because it only contains 11 commits so far–much less than the other schools. Cal’s average recruit rating is 3.27 and that’s as good or better than 8 of the schools ranked above them.

  • Davidson

    In football, a concussion to be held out of a few practices is not serious. Serious injuries that would be of concern would like a torn ACL, sprained ACL, sprained knee, high ankle sprain, crack in fibula (Corp) etc. Of course I wouldn’t want a concussion or anyone to have one on the team, but I don’t think we should be losing sleep over this.

  • milo

    Seriously doods…chill. Sounds like tweaked muscles and minor concussions being held out just to be safe (as it should be). I think the coaching and training staff clearly understands this and that’s why they’re holding people. Sounds prudent to me.

    Go Bears!

  • Kyle

    Easy rollon. These are just basic camp injuries. no need to get all worked up about the start of the year. Jahvid will be ready and so will the Bears. Easy bud. You go to every D1 camp in the country right now and the same “injuries” (sore, fatigue, muscle tweaks) at this point the camp are happening. Relax they will be fine.

    I can smell the roses

  • BluenGold

    And here is a great link that actually has something to do with Cal football, which is a concept a certain frequent poster seems incapable of grasping. Enjoy.


  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Sorry BluenGold but I had a hard time understanding the player. I like my clip better. You could only hope to have a coach like ours.

  • AERose

    I get the distinct feeling that the rollonubears who posts here is not the same rollonubears who posts on Cal Golden Blogs, which is just bizarre.