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Football: Wednesday night update

By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 10:58 pm in Mid-week.

With the amount of media that descended on Memorial Stadium tonight, you’d think the Bears were the eighth-ranked team in the nation or something.

Actually, Wednesdays should bring out the most press all season, because Wednesday is the only day each week that Jahvid Best is available to the media. It’s no coincidence a couple of local TV stations showed up tonight, as well as the usual group of print media.

Not a whole lot new to ask or report about with regard to Best tonight. For a transcript of his comments, click here.

The only significant nugget out of practice today was that fullback Brian Holley sat out once again. Jeff Tedford said Tuesday he expected Holley to return today, but apparently he hasn’t been cleared from all the effects of the concussion he suffered Saturday. Tedford said he expects Holley back Thursday, and expects him to be ready to play Saturday. However, he didn’t say these things with a great deal of conviction.

If for some reason Holley can’t come back this week, the Bears could be very thin at fullback. Backup Will Kapp tweaked an ankle at practice Tuesday and sat out today. But Tedford said it was just a precaution to make sure Kapp is available Saturday.

There has been much talk about Cal’s inability to win on the road. Tedford has been very happy with the team’s focus so far in practice this week.

“They’ve been focused for the first two games so far, and I sense a real strong focus for this game,” he said. “It has not been an issue whatsoever. I’ve seen a lot of great work out here, a lot of focus on detail, a lot of focus on what needs to get done.”

Tedford said playing a Big Ten opponent on national television is good for the program.

“To play a good team from one of the top conferences in the country in a hostile environment is going to be a great experience for us,” Tedford said. “Anytime you can get the exposure of watching our team play, I think it’s an advantage.”

Cal will hold an earlier-than-usual practice than usual Thursday, beginning just after lunchtime. After practice, they will immediately bus to the airport to fly to Minneapolis.

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  • ToparchiBear

    Sad to hear the fullback situation. However, Cal has 4 strong healthy RBs. Maybe time to have two RBs in the same set of play with full of action plan. I have always want to see 2 RBs in a same play to make the defense really confuse whom they should cover.

    Go Bears!

  • Pete Carroll

    Have one of your backup guards in on running plays and go with two tailback or single backs on other plays. I’m sure a good pulling guard starting in at fullback can lay a pretty significant block. It wouldn’t be the first time a team went with that formation.

  • BearItAll

    Too bad about the FBs! Hoefully this is all precautionary and they are both available Saturday… If not, its a good thing you don’t necessarily need a FB on the field to pitch it outside!!!

    Go Bears!

  • CalAlum97

    J.O., the last few weeks have been quiet in terms of the healing of Best’s toe. Has there been any word on how the healing is coming along and whether the discomfort is still lingering and/or affecting his running?

    Thanks and great reporting.

  • odebesar1

    ToparchiBear: To your point of dual RB formations, you have to love the play in the EW game where they swept Best from the slot for a reverse after a fake hand-off to Vereen! Not to mention, I think defenses will have headaches dealing with the set that has Sofele in motion.

  • ToparchiBear

    Odebesars1: Yeah! these are the kinds of plays that were missing in last few years. That is why I am excited about our new Off Coord..

  • Will

    Isi Sofele = the next James Rodgers

  • ToparchiBear

    will: He is smarter, better, and faster than James, but, may not be stronger, in my opinion.

    Go Bears!