Football: News and notes

I met with Jeff Tedford for a while today to talk about spring practice and here are a few nuggets that came out of our chat:

  • Charles Satchell has moved from wide receiver to safety. Tedford said it was Satchell’s decision, that he played on both sides of the ball in high school and defense is where his true passion was.
  • Wide receiver Michael Calvin has undergone yet another surgery. He had his right knee scoped for the second time a few weeks ago but is expected to be ready for the start of spring. Calvin was scoped before last season as well, which came on the heels of ACL surgery the previous fall.
  • Tedford said Shane Vereen played the last couple games of the season on a torn meniscus and with a shoulder injury, then hurt his ribs in the Poinsettia Bowl. He said Vereen probably won’t take too many reps in the spring but is the hands-down No. 1 tailback.
  • Solomona Aigamaua has been moved from linebacker to tight end.
  • Tedford said Donovan Edwards will likely begin spring practice at left tackle and Mitchell Schwartz will remain at right tackle. He said Chris Guarnero and Dominic Galas will see time at both center and guard.

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.

  • Calduke

    Injury here, injury there; time again.

  • dan

    Calduke- you forgot an injury everywhere. I hear you.

  • Calduke


    Thank you. Everywhere and all the time

  • charlie

    Normally coaches decide on position changes; the fact that Satchell wanted to play Safety (and the coaches let him) indicates he won’t be missed at WR…and that we need depth at Safety.

    The most surprising news: “Solomona Aigamaua has been moved from linebacker to tight end”. Almost as surprising is that Schwartz won’t be moved to LT.

    Given that Guarnero and Galas will play both C/G indicates they are two of the best OL that NEED to play…which I find interesting. It’ll be interesting how the OL pans out.

  • Kevin

    Key for the offensive line next year is a healthy Matt Summers-Gavin, so all good on that front for now.

  • Dan


    There must be something in the east bay- have you ever seen more injuries on any teams than Cal (football AND basketball), the Warriors and the A’s? It is UNBELIEVABLE.

  • Rocko

    Injuries in football happen to every team. It’s just that some teams have better back-ups to fill in. We didn’t miss all that much when Best went down by using Vereen. At other positions we did.

  • Cal Ferrari Martin

    I coached Galas in high school- one hell of a tough kid and what a mean streak when he’s on the field! His dad played for Cal as well and his last game was the 85th Big Game- the day of “The Play”. He won’t disappoint. Go Bears!