Coverage of spring practice is a little different this year because the media policies that went into affect last season still apply in the spring. There are four total practices open to the media – the first one last Thursday and then the three Saturday practices in April. Other than that, the media is limited to the first 20 minutes and last 10 minutes of practice.
Spring practice reports likely won’t have as much information as practice reports during the season because there are no games at the end of the week. There is no opponent to talk about. There are no injured players working their way back into the lineup. There are no players moving up and down the depth chart.
Much of spring practice is the coaches getting a look at the younger players – especially those that played on scout team last season. Unfortunately, we don’t get much chance to see these players with the media policies. All we can do is go by what Jeff Tedford and other coaches tell us.
Cal practiced for the third time this spring tonight and I asked Tedford afterward is any players from last year’s scout team have stood out so far. He singled out cornerbacks Steve Williams and Vachel Samuels, defensive linemen Keni Kaufusi and DeAndre Coleman and running back Desarte Yarnway. He also said linebacker Chris Little, who played some as a backup last season, “is making an impact.”
One thing Tedford stressed is that he wants to make sure he rotates players often during the spring to make sure everybody gets a chance to take first team reps. When talking about Coleman, whom Tedford clearly is excited about, he said “what we have to do is make sure we evaluate DeAndre against the No. 1 guys so you can get a true evaluation. That’s why you rotate all the guys in there.”
–Cornerback Darian Hagan, who missed the first two practices with a sprained ankle, returned to the field today.
–The Bears will next practice on Thursday, and then will part ways for spring break. They won’t practice again until March 30.