Football: Catching up on a few things

It’s the calm before the storm these days with football as we get through the time between Signing Day and spring practice. Believe it or not, spring practice is less than three weeks away (begins on March 6). About 10 days before the start of the spring, I’ll start doing day-by-day previews of what to expect and what to look for during spring practices.

In the meantime, a few loose ends:

  • Wednesday, I will be attending the Tiny Bates Award Banquet in Sacramento. As I’ve mentioned before, the Tiny Bates Award is giving annually by the Sacramento Grid Club to the best senior Cal player from the Greater Sacramento Area. This year’s winner, not surprisingly, is cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson. Coach Jeff Tedford and athletic director Sandy Barbour are among those who will be in attendance and I will report back with any tidbits about the program that come out during the evening.
  • Don’t forget, Thursday will be our live chat with Barbour from 2-3 p.m. Here is the link to participate.
  • Overlooked this story by bearinsider.com on new Cal quarterback Zach Maynard.
  • It’s an ESPN.com premium link so I won’t post it, but ESPN.com draft analyst Todd McShay projects Jahvid Best going No. 28 to the San Diego Chargers in his latest mock draft.

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.


  1. Looking forward to your spring previews JO. Is there any chance you could include some type of highlight of players to watch who may make a surprise at different positions? You know – like a spotlight on Beau Sweeney and where he went to high school, what expectations were coming out of high school, etc. I always find the “get to know a player” type stuff very fun.

    Thanks for not posting the link to the ESPN insider/premium stuff. I can’t stand that they have material on their site you have to pay for. Pretty wack.

  2. 3 weeks? Let the QB derby begin!

    I just want the best QB in there that gives Cal the best chance to win the conference.

  3. Thanks J.O.

    I assume practices will be closed. Is there any way for you to get various coaches’ opinions on who is standing out in the practices?

  4. Wrong assumption, Robert. Spring practice is more about letting the underclassmen get their feet wet with the big boys and fine tuning the games of upperclassmen than installing game plans that closed fall practices due stupid reporting by 2 sources other than JO or BearInsider.

    One end of the year report eluded to what might be expected at offensive line, when Coach Marshall stated he would focus on technique rather than schemes. I look forward to quality insight from JO on this difference in spring practice, as blocking was one of the biggest disappointments last year.

    Go BEARS!

  5. The article mentioned he was a true soph, so if he sits this coming season, he’ll have 2 yrs to play and not just 1 yr right JO?

  6. Can you ask the Tiny Bates Award winner why he puts “Beast” under his eyes? I have heard a rumor.

  7. Best Effort at All Situational Times. No one cares what rumors you’ve heard, they’re usually wrong.

  8. Nice invention Will but I thought you were using grease monkey. I may go to the award evening and ask the question myself.

  9. Will, what version of firefox are you using? I have the latest updates, and Grease Monkey works for me. Stop feeding the troll, or are you Amy on another computer? Me thinks so. Time to add another person to Grease Monkey.

  10. to Jan Oski,

    Are there enough OL personnel to have a spring training camp??

  11. Duke, are 16 O-line players on the roster enough in your estimation? I have no insider info to share, but the O-line has plenty of young competition. I’m looking forward to hearing what Ragland (6’8″, 285) and Siddoway (6’7″, 325) have under the hood.

    Go BEARS!

  12. From Lowell Cohn-

    Jeff Tedford: He is definitely a middle-tier coach and he is on the way down. He hasn’t been conference Coach of the Year since 2004. He is a disappointment because he once was so good — wow, was he good! — and he’s not so good anymore. His teams now have mediocre records. Last season his Bears were just 5-4 in the Pac-10 and got walloped in the whachamacallit Poinsettia Bowl.

    He is a quarterback guru who can’t develop a quarterback. His teams often start the season ranked nationally and fall on their faces. This makes him seem like a national flop. You almost get the feeling he’s used up his time at Cal and the university should consider looking elsewhere.

  13. Robert, practices might be open to the media. It’s still being discussed. Since there is no game planning going on, Tedford might be willing to open it back up to the media. I’ll know more soon.

  14. Big D, that’s right. He sits out the 2010 season and then comes back and is eligible for both 2011 and 2012.

  15. Dan, you’re one of the grumpiest Bear Fan I’ve met/read in a long time…and I’ve met some seriously grumpy fans.

  16. Mike D – Thanks, it’s working now.

    Jan K., no, I’m not Amy though I can’t blame you for suspecting it. Wouldn’t put it past her. I might be annoying at times, but my spelling should be an indication that I’m not her. Don’t worry, now that GM is running smoothly, you won’t hear an inappropriate peep out of me.

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