Football: Spring practice #3

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.

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.

  • Mustang Man

    Thanks for the report. The young guys on defense sound good.

    Tedford needs to quit being so paranoid and open up his practices. I think it permeates a softness throughout the team. It’s not like closing practices prevented us from getting bitch slapped by 5 teams last year.

  • robert

    I don’t get closing spring practices. Seems like not much goes on except a lot of mixing and matching. Oh, and the possibility to get the fans fired up for the season. Nice work Tedford!

  • Bears

    What really matters is Cal and Tedford winning games. If he wins the Pac 10 no one will care if they can’t get into a spring practice.
    Sucks a bit for the media but on the bright side, at least they don’t have to sit there every practice for hours on end. I would go crazy board sitting through practice after practice.
    I’d love to get to one practice a spring and maybe two in the fall but not that big a deal to me.
    Winning is what matters.
    Just win Bears!
    As long as the program wins and is not in trouble with the law/ncaa like so many teams out there I’m cool.

  • Dan

    Closing practices seems to be a weak, paranoid philosophy. The team plays tight and soft, especially when things get a little tough. I think there is definitely some correlation.

    I’m not saying that the team got killed in their 5 losses because practices are closed, but I think closed practices are one sign/symptom of an attitude and mentality that probably many things in the program. I believe in coaching and playing with extreme aggressiveness and confidence. Closing practices seems weak and paranoid.

  • BlueNGold

    Why was my post deleted? Because I linked an article from the Chronicle? Whats up with that?

  • BlueNGold

    Earlier this morning I posted about an article that appeared in that SF paper this morning, along with a link to it’s online version, about the new ST coach Jeff Genyk. I guess that was a CCTimes no no, because the post got deleted. But Cal fans should check out the article and the comments posted about it. All very interesting stuff.

  • 66Bear

    Although none will recall my few posts over the years, I have always supported Jeff Tedford and have never criticized him or the team or individual players. And although I still admire, appreciate, and support Coach Tedford (as I believe that all True Blue fans do), I agree with some of the above posts that indicate that Coach Tedford should reconsider his closed practices–at least until game preparation for specific opponents begins in the fall. The fans appreciate the information, and if Coach Tedford finds that the reporters are a distraction, why not just restrict the times and occasions that players are permitted to speak with reporters at practice? In any event: Go Bears! Have a great Spring Practice! 🙂