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Football: Non-recruiting notes

A couple of other non-Signing Day items emerged Wednesday:

  • No surprise here, but Jeff Tedford said the quarterback position will once  again be an open competition in the spring.
  • That competition will not include redshirt freshman-to-be Allan Bridgford. Bridgford, who missed most of last season after suffering a shoulder injury while lifting weights, had surgery last month and is expected to be out 4-6 months. Tedford said an examination of his shoulder found further damage and surgery was necessary.
  • Spring practice begins March 6

Jonathan Okanes

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  • David

    Poor Bridgford.

  • Dancing Bear

    With such an amazing recruiting class. Go Bears. Go for the gold in 2010.

  • Californication

    That sucks. I was looking forward to seeing how good the kid is. Man….I don’t want another year with Riley. I dont think Brock is the guy…..Man, I hope Sweeney beats Riley this Spring.

  • BlueNGold

    Seems a bit peculiar that someone could sustain such a serious shoulder injury from lifting weights, unless it was being done in a completely wrong and unsafe manner. I wonder if there is more to this story than what is being reported.

  • rollonubears

    with cal football injuries, you can usually multiply the intensity by 2. ala longshore, best, msg, etc. it’s pretty easy to destroy your shoulder on the bench press, especially if you already have a torn rotator cuff. perhaps he hurt himself in high school and thought he could power through? regardless, a shoulder injury is pretty much a career ender. we’ve been rolling gimps out onto the field for too long. let someone who’s 100% play.

  • CruzinBears

    Californication – It’ll be interesting to see who wins out the QB competition this spring, I too was excited to see bridgeford, but se la vie, maybe the following year, we certainly have a stable of perceived talent on our roster right now with all guys Elite 11 coming out of high school…

    I think its too premature to cast Riley aside, his play was severely limited this year by inexperienced OL play. They many times seemed simply out of place and would in turn keep Riley on the run all game, when he had time he did well…

    Riley will be the most experienced and knowledgeable guy on the roster this year, and I’d hate to see this turn out to be another 2008, where its back and forth and the QBs never find a groove with the WRs… I think we can trust that Tedford will put the best option on the field regardless of who it ends up being…

    Excited to see this class develop, Go Bears!

  • Jan K Oski

    Cruzin, did Riley “have time”, when he completely missed on short passes and specifically, the trick play to a wide-open Vereen along the side-line? I don’t claim to know the problem, although I know the excuses, but it appears Riley doesn’t have that special gift of playing in the zone. I’m with you, though, on sticking with the starter, or his replacement if the starter doesn’t perform to expectations. Still, Riley shouldn’t have been in there after the middle of the 4th Quarter against Oregon, $C and UDub. The games were lost, Riley was off, and it was time to see the ability of Sweeney. I’m still waiting for a writer to ask Tedford about that, but I doubt we’ll ever read about his decision making on that. We’ll just read some vague admonition that the team didn’t meet expectations, because of coaching, execution and blah blah blah.

    Go BEARS!

  • Calduke

    Is QB Zack Maynard still a signee-recruit??

  • CruzinBears

    Jan k – I’m with you on Riley and the back-ups… Riley may not be Aaron Rodgers yet, but he has shown development and will probably give the Bears the best chance to win next year, esp with a more exp WR corps and OL… But I trust the coaching staff to put the best option on the field… I too would have liked to have seen a back-up earlier in the games you mentioned (esp UW, as I had traveled up for that game), and I don’t think we’ll ever get an straight answer on that from JT.

    Calduke – Yes, Maynard is still transferring to Cal, but he will have to sit out 2010 due to ncaa transfer rules… Depending on how fast he can grasp the playbook, we should have a very exciting QB battle for 2011 (Mansion Sr., Sweeney Jr., Maynard Jr., Bridgeford Jr., Hinder RS Fr.) with 4 elite 11 QBs and previous D-1 starter duking it out… Now we just need to figure out where we are playing that season…

  • Calduke

    Cruzn –

    A redshirt freshman QB, Ryan Wertenberger, could be a sleeper and sneak in for some consideration