Football: Sunday night update

The Bears reconvened Sunday night after taking three days off for the Thanksgiving break and bye week. Usually, Sundays are reserved for conditioning practices the day after a game. But since there was no game this week, Cal held a more conventional practice, albeit a shorter one than usual (they practiced for 1 hour, 15 minutes; practices during the week go either 2 1/2 or 2 hours).

The first thing I looked for tonight was to see if Jahvid Best was practicing. He wasn’t. He’s still just watching from the sidelines.¬† Best had said he hoped to come back for this week’s game, but that doesn’t appear likely. It’s not because Best didn’t practice tonight. Theoretically, he could still come back on Monday. But when asked about Best’s status tonight, coach Jeff Tedford once again said they “haven’t even talked about” Best’s return. If the running back truly had designs on playing this week, surely it would have at least been discussed.

Best was unavailable for comment afterward, but it seems pretty likely that he’s out again this week, meaning his regular season is over. The question would then become whether he would come back for the bowl game, or if he’s played his last game at Cal if he decides to go pro.

As far as the rest of the team goes, a couple players¬† I talked to tonight said it was a rusty practice, but that’s to be expected after the time off. They said if they are rusty again on Tuesday, it would be more cause for concern.

NOTE: Tedford said cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson will be ready to go this week after spraining his ankle against Stanford. Tedford expects Thompson to get in some practice time this week.

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.

  • rollonubears

    Come on, Bears! Finish on a high note. We’ve got a great shot at the Holiday Bowl with a win on Saturday. Arizona can handle U$C.

  • Calduke


    Jake Heap is a top-tier QB and will probably be the first QB taken in the NFL draft.

    Cal ran up the score last year to enhance their RB’s stats and Washington may have a bit more of incentive to play big at home.

    A 9-3 season would sound great. It can happen if there isn’t a letdown from the Stanford game.

  • Tyler M.

    CalDuke –

    I think you mean Jake Locker. And this will be his first game against the Bears. This should be a good one.

    (And thank goodness for Cal and the Pac-10 that Heaps committed to BYU over Washington.)

  • Will

    Didn’t we pull Best early to midway through the third quarter despite his chance at the single game rushing record? I wouldn’t call that running up the score. They were just a really, really bad team.

    We should watch out for them, it’ll be important to contain Locker inside the pocket, and then hopefully our secondary will lockdown on their receivers.

  • rollonubears

    supposed to be rainy and low 40s. not too bad for december. just have to keep our footing.

  • calbear

    this is definitely a trap game, just ask MoreNCS

  • covinared

    I also disagree about us rolling up the score last year. The running lanes were huge. Best and our backs would have had to intentionally fall down to avoid scoring. We need to go up there and play our game, and nuetralize Locker as best as possible.

  • nickle

    Yup Will, we did. We pulled him out shortly after he broke the pac 10 record if I remember correctly. The NCAA record would have been broken at the end of 3rd, if not beginning of 4th qtr had we kept Best in.

  • nickle

    Actually, I’m pretty sure I got it mixed up. He was on track to set the ncaa record, and I think we pulled him after he set the Cal record, and was about 30-40 yds shy of breaking the pac-10 record. I’m pretty sure about this, but yeah either way it was a monster game (that came from 19 carries!).

  • covinared

    He set the Cal record and then got pulled.

  • Calduke

    Tyler – thanks for the correction. I appreciate it.
    Yes, I meant Locker.

    The perception of what happened last year is in the eye of the beholder.

    My perception is that there was no ‘intent’ to run up the score. Washington’s perception may be different.

  • ToparchiBear

    Well! I wish Jake had committed to the Bears instead of BYU. He was recruited very hard by the Bears.

    If he change his mind and sign with the Bears next January. The Rose Bowl scenario will becomes a reality for the CAL.

    Go Bears! Beat WaU.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    ToparchiBear Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    Well! I wish Jake had committed to the Bears instead of BYU. He was recruited very hard by the Bears.
    If he change his mind and sign with the Bears next January. The Rose Bowl scenario will becomes a reality for the CAL.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I thought you said the same thing about this year…or was that last year….or was that 2007….or was that 2006. Well you get the point.