Cal cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive player.
The ESPN Game Day crew won’t be returning to Berkeley this season, despite a great show last year. But here’s the schedule, released this week by ESPN. It includes a first-ever visit to Washington on Feb. 20, when the Huskies will take on UCLA.
The eight-week series will explore five first-time sites and will include a women’s game for the first time. The program features two one-hour shows each Saturday, at 8 a.m. PT and at 5 p.m., originating from the site of the 6 p.m. game.
Date Site Game (All 6 p.m. PT on ESPN unless otherwise noted)
The Bears held the first of two training camp scrimmages tonight, in front of what will be the last gathering of invited guests for a practice at Cal. Jeff Tedford confirmed after the scrimmage that starting tomorrow, media will only be allowed to view the first 20 minutes and final 10 minutes of practice. He also said he will be limiting the family and friends of the program that have typically watched practice in the past.
Cal senior defensive end Tyson Alualu has been named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman who also exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.
I was informed last night that, starting Wednesday, media will only be allowed to watch the first 20 minutes and the last 10 minutes of practice. This will obviously have a major impact on the media’s ability to cover the team. I hope to have an explanation from Jeff Tedford after tonight’s scrimmage.
Filed by Ben Enos, filling in for Jonathan Okanes
The Bears enjoyed a quiet day in Strawberry Canyon on Monday, eschewing pads in favor of just helmets and shorts in a workout that lasted just under two hours.
I will be holding a live chat Thursday from 1-2 p.m. There should be a lot to talk about following Tuesday’s scrimmage and Maryland week drawing near. Hope to see you there.
Some notes from the past couple of days:
–Freshman running back Dasarte Yarnway looks the part of a potential impact player. The 6-0, 222-pounder is built more solidly than any other tailback on the roster and has good explosion. Yarnway already has gotten some reps with the first and second team, although some of that is due to the fact that Jahvid Best hasn’t practiced lately.
–Care to see who Jahvid Best’s competition is for the Maxwell Award? Here’s the complete list.
–Finally catching up to this: Best was named to the ESPN.com preseason All-America Team.
–My story yesterday examined the career so far of defensive lineman Mike Costanzo, who has yet to live up to the expectations that surrounded him when he arrived at Cal.
–Former USF football star Burl Toler, whose son and grandson both playe at Cal, passed away Sunday.
Andy Katz of ESPN.com has projected six Pac-10 players, including Cal seniors Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, among the possible pre-season top-50 list for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s best college basketball player.
But when Katz made the cut to his best guess for the top-15, no Pac-10 player is among them.
On the other hand, his top three candidates — Kansas center Cole Aldrich, Iowa State forward Craig Brackins and Kansas guard Sherron Collins — all will face Cal this season.
Here’s Katz’s story.