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Football: Sunday night update

Cal held a nighttime practice tonight, to get acclimated to Saturday’s 7 p.m. start. Jeff Tedford said the Bears wanted to get used to the angles of the sun while it would still be out Saturday night, and then playing under the lights.

Nothing too much to report from practice. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was held out for precautionary reasons because of a sore leg, but Tedford said he expects him back Tuesday. Marcus Ezeff still has yet to return from his sprained ankle.

Also, Ryan Theimer has rejoined the team as the backup punter. Theimer had quit the team because of other personal commitments, but is back once again as Bryan Anger’s backup. Tedford said Theimer won’t be at every practice because of his other commitments, but will continue to work with the team in case something were to happen to Anger.

We are now officially in a game-week routine. The team will be off Monday and return to the practice field Tuesday. The first weekly press luncheon of the season will also be Tuesday.

That’s all for now, given the late hour. I will have some more in the morning…

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.

  • ToparchiBear

    Can’t wait for just less that one week. The game begin. Will see you all there.

    Go Bears!

  • milo

    6 days until football. Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    i hope they practice at night, every night this week, not just one night. bears always seem to roll during home night games. hope this year is no exception.

  • ToparchiBear

    I seriously think that JT should consider to practice at night more this week and the week before the Troll comes to town. I am very sure that the Terps are doing the same thing.

    Go Bears!

  • Rock

    JO or anyone – is Ezeff expected back in time or will Cattouse be getting the start?

  • Davidson

    I suspect Ezeff is fine. A tweaked ankle a week before gameday will heal. If not, Cattouse is a good alternative. He had 3 INTs last year. He promised us 8 this year at Cal Fan Day.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Roll, Tedford said Sunday was the only night this week they would practice under the lights.
    Rock, Ezeff is expected to play in the game. He may not practice much this week — just take mental reps — but last I heard they expect him back by kickoff.

  • Rock

    Thanks JO!