Football: Sunday night update

A few notes from Sunday night’s conditioning workout:

–Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson appeared to be moving around fine after missing Saturday’s second half with a hip pointer. I talked to him after practice and he said he expects to practice and play this week. Jeff Tedford didn’t seem worried about his availability, either.

–Kicker Vince D’Amato’s status is a little bit more uncertain. D’Amato suffered a sprained shoulder during a kick return in the second quarter against UCLA. Tedford said he “wasn’t sure yet” if D’Amato could go this week.

–Tedford touched on the vast substituting the team did in an effort to keep players fresh in the heat. He said he makes it clear to his players that they won’t be looked upon negatively if they ask out of a game because they are physically spent. “If they tap their head to come out, we’re not going to look down on them like they’re not in shape,” Tedford said. “We know they’re in shape. We want them to play hard. We don’t want them to be in there and they can’t play hard. It’s being a team guy if you know you’re a little bit gassed and somebody fresher could help the team.”

–Tedford talked a bit about guard Brian Schwenke, who Tedford believes is the first offensive lineman he’s ever played as a true freshman. Tedford said Schwenke showed a lot of promise during camp and after the Maryland game they made the decision that he wouldn’t redshirt. Schwenke has quietly played in four of the first five games. Saturday marked the first time he was on the field when the game was still competitive. He and Mark Boskovich replaced starting guards Matt Summers-Gavin and Justin Cheadle for one possession as part of the widespread rotation of players.

Schwenke obviously isn’t seeing the field much, but the tradeoff is that he will be ahead of the curve once he does become a regular player because he’s still working with the offense this season rather than playing on the scout team.

“For him to be practicing our plays every day, get the experience of game planning and things like that is important for him,” Tedford said. “He really showed a lot of promise through camp. Coach Marshall really had a strong feeling that as the season went on, he would be making strides and earn some reps.”


A few other nuggets:

–Cal is back getting some votes in the Associated Press top 25. The Bears received nine votes to check in at No. 33.

–ESPN.com’s updated bowl projections have the Bears either staying home for the second year in a row or making a trip to San Diego — but not for the Holiday Bowl.

–Kickoff time for Cal’s Halloween excursion to Arizona State will be announced Monday. There’s a good chance it will be picked up as the ABC game at 12:30 p.m. If it isn’t, word is it will start no later than 2 p.m.

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.

  • House

    That’s extremly good news about the Arizona state game, the fact that the game won’t be a Halloween night game should make it a slightly less hostile crowd. This will still be a huge challenge for the bears, but it could have been worse.

  • Lawrence

    Yep, the ASU game might be broiling during the day, but it’s not like it gets cooler at night. But I just remember the last time we played ASU. It started out okay, and then we got swamped. Something about the night seems to juice those guys (and their crowd) up. I like our chances during the day.

  • Pompusone

    Both ESPN bowl pickers have Stanfurd in a bowl game. These guys get paid? I will be amazed if the Furd finishes .500 or better. They have only beaten (barely) one semi-respectable team, fUCLA, that the Bears just blew out on the road.

    Stanfurd stands a better chance of losing out over going to a bowl.

  • Rocko

    CAL will get either the Sun Bowl or Las Vegas Bowl which will be the bigger Bowl this year over the Emerald Bowl. There is still a slim outside chance for the Rose Bowl or Holiday Bowl.

  • rollonubears

    let’s beat washington state first.

  • discdude

    Even if D’Amato is healthly, Tavecchio looked much better on both kickoffs and extra points. D’Amato’s last extra point looked like a dying quail, Jahvid runs faster than it was moving. Tavecchio, likely pumped because he was in there, actually drilled them. And he amazingly got a kickoff to the endzone. Perfect time to make the switch.

  • BearItAll

    I’m hoping Giorgio pulls back into the lead as kicker… We need to develop one of em, and Giorgio went to my high school haha

    Let’s hope these “guaranteed routes” Riley and the receivers had mentioned keep developing… IF they can consistently get the 5-15yd passing plays to work, the Bears will be in the top 4 teams in the pac-10 come December… Hopefully top 3…

    but like Rollonubears has said… lets beat Wazzu first…

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  • Pug

    The Bears should handle Washington State though I remember Jason Hill tearing them up a few years back.

    I’d like to see them in the Sun Bowl. Has Cal ever been in the Sun Bowl? I know El Paso isn’t the most glamorous spot to go but the game usually has a pretty good match up and it’s an old, traditional game.