Some of the injured players who were wearing red and yellow jerseys this week put on their regular practice jerseys today, making them ready for Saturday’s game.
–Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson (back bruise) returned to practice, although he didn’t participate in full. Coach Jeff Tedford expects him to play.
–Left guard Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder) and fullback Brian Holley (shoulder, stinger), each of whom wore yellow jerseys Tuesday and Wednesday, were back practicing in full capacity.
–Kicker Vince D’Amato (shoulder) was back at it, kicking field goals at the end of practice. Although he was cleared to practice again Thursday, Tedford still said Giorgio Tavecchio will likely once again be the kicker against Washington State.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said Darian Hagan has reclaimed his starting spot at cornerback. Gregory was very happy with how Hagan played against UCLA, and not just because of the three pass break-ups and five tackles.
“He did the little stuff that fans don’t necessarily see,” Gregory said. “He played a really disciplined game. He had a couple of pass break-ups and all that, but he was just very solid.”
Gregory also said he would continue to go with D.J. Holt starting at the rush linebacker spot with Mychal Kendricks coming off the bench, but added that Kendricks will “play a lot” on Saturday. Gregory also said safety Sean Cattouse’s playing time will continue to increase. Marcus Ezeff and Brett Johnson will continue to start.
The Bears got linebacker Robert Mullins back from a knee injury this week but Gregory said he’s still not moving well enough to get back into the playing rotation. Mullins was taking consistent second team reps in training camp before hurting his knee and Gregory was pleased with his progress.