Football: Thursday links

–No matter how heated the kicking competition got during training camp, Giorgio Tavecchio and Vince D’Amato had their roots to fall back on.

–Some info on Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, a Deer Valley High School (Antioch) graduate who competed against Jahvid Best in track.

–The ACC is no longer part of the Emerald Bowl package. A Pac-10 team will now be playing a top team from the WAC, Army and Navy.

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  • Rich

    I have been thinking about the defensive game last week. I notice that the outside containment was missing at times, the linebackers were biting inside on the fake hand off, then the running back(s) were able to get around the corner. Did anyone notice? If I was the other team watching the game films, I would try to exploit it especially if they have a fast runner.

    Just a thought.


    Good point, Rich. I am sure Pete Carroll noticed it as well and you can rest assured that USC has several RB’s that are fast enough to turn the corner (McKnight, Johnson, Gable, etc.)

  • rollonubears

    yeah, definitely noticed that, too. there were 3 or 4 runs that reminded me of my beloved bears in the late 90s. tedford addressed that in the post game press conference, specifically, and they’re taking steps to correct it. that was pretty much the only problem on D, overall. i still think we look small on the d-line, and my thought was that other than blitzing, we really didn’t get that much pressure on the qb. it’s not like we were manhandling them, by any means.

  • ToparchiBear

    J.O. How we as Cal fan sent message to George Oko that he is very welcome to the Cal program. And, he should know that he is sured be able to contribute early, due to three of our seniors DE are graduating.

    At $C on the other hand, none are leaving, and all current players will become experience starter, so, he will be a bench warmer for a while.

  • ToparchiBear

    By adding Oko will add some meat at the DE, which will be needed badly in the next few years to stop the outside runs. So, hope that JT and the company will do a good job to win him over.

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I hate to break the news to you folks but Uko is SC bound. And remember it was I who kept telling you that Kennard was going to SC. He was just playing you guys.

  • Bears

    Me thinks things will be different after Oct 3rd…Go Bears!


    To answer your question about what, as fans, Cal can do to send a message to Oku that he would be welcome, I have the following suggestions:

    1) Tell him that the Emerald Bowl just solidified their agreement with the Pac 10 so if Oku chose Cal, he would get to play just minutes away from campus every December

    2) Tell him about the storied history of the program. The Play, beating USC in 2003, ummm, did I miss anything?

    3) Tell him about all of the BCS bowls, Heisman winners, and Rose Bowl berths Cal has achieved.

    How could ANY highly rated recruit say no to that?

  • BluenGold

    McLOVIN Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Better travelling from Berkeley to San Francisco than having to travel from south central LA to Pasadena.

    I think you mean ‘any highly rated recruit who is looking for more than an intermediate step to the NFL’.

  • Pug

    These “Trojans” didn’t even go to USC. They’re posers.


    Maybe Cal fans should tell Oku about the great history Cal has in supporting their program with half-full stadiums and publicly humiliating their own players on campus. Ayoob would be a good resource.