By Jonathan Okanes
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at 9:58 pm in Training camp.
The Bears had their third and final double-day session of training camp today. Essentially, the evening session was the last full-pad practice of training camp. Cal will go in helmets only Sunday and then wrap up camp with a scrimmage on Monday. The official end of camp is Saturday, punctuated by Contra Costa Times Fan Appreciation Day. But pragmatically, camp ends Monday because the team will split into scout teams and start preparing for Maryland on Wednesday.
The Bears have Tuesday off, but the coaches will be hard at work making the final decisions about personnel. That apparently includes quarterback, because Jeff Tedford said tonight that “most likely” he won’t announce the starter until Wednesday.
That being said, Tedford said that the staff has a pretty good idea about the depth chart right now. They just need to get together in a room Tuesday to make sure they are on the same page.
“I’ve seen enough as far as hitting each other, blocking and tackling, and all that,” Tedford said. “I think we have a pretty good idea right now. We’ve seen enough. We have a pretty good idea of where they stand.”
–From the part of practices the media was allowed to see today, Kevin Riley once again took the first team snaps. It also looked like defensive end Cameron Jordan was back running with the first unit after getting demoted a few days ago.
–Jahvid Best tooka big step forward today, taking about 10 reps and getting hit by the defense (and “looked good doing it,” according to Tedford). Tedford said he plans to play Best in Monday’s scrimmage.
–Center Chris Guarnero returned to practice in full capacity after missing the past several days following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb.
–Cal is waiting for results from an MRI taken on freshman running back Dasarte Yarnway, who is suffering from an injured toe. Tedford fears it could be an injury that cost Guarnero most of last season, but cautioned he didn’t yet have a definite diagnosis.
–Tedford praised freshman wide receiver Isi Sofele’s ability to pick up the offense. “He’s probably farther along than any young guy who’s been here,” Tedford said. “He’s really worked hard at it.”