Hey everyone. This is Curtis Pashelka filling in for Jonathan, who is taking some well-deserved time off. I went to practice today and saw the last 10-15 minutes of the scout team scrimmage. The players looked and sounded enthusiastic, but it was clear most of them were eager to get started on their Thanksgiving break. The team won’t practice again until Sunday.
One of the players who stuck around for a bit was tailback Dasarte Yarnway, who went through contact drills and scrimmage for the first time in over three months after he had surgery to repair a ligament on his right big toe. He loved being back on the field, and coach Jeff Tedford said Yarnway carried the ball five or six times in the scrimmage and looked fine.
“Now it’s all about confidence and continuing to master the playbook,” Yarnway said. “I think the future is going to be very bright.”
As a 6-foot, 220-pound tailback with 4.5 speed, Yarnway figures to play a role in Cal’s offense next season. I guess how big his role will be will partly be determined by whether Jahvid Best decides to enter the NFL Draft. What do you think? How do you work Yarnway into the offense when you already have Shane Vereen and possibly Best? Not to mention Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson?
— Tedford said Best is still nursing a sore back and added there’s no timetable for when Best will return to practice. When Best feels 100 percent ready, Tedford he and the coaching staff will take it from there.
— Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson (sprained ankle) did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday. Tedford said Wednesday that Thompson was feeling better and should be ready to go next week.
— Quarterback Ryan Wertenberger completed a 25-yard touchdown throw to tight end Garry Graffort, who made a nice catch in the end zone, towards the end of the scrimmage. The offense ran the ball fairly well but the defense, overall, kept the passing game in check.