It was hard to tell if Cal was preparing for a late-season game in November or it was the fourth day of training camp Tuesday at Memorial Stadium today. As practice progressed from late afternoon to evening, fog rolled in and the breeze picked up, hardly August weather.
The good news is it was good football weather, and the Bears put in their last practice before going in full pads tomorrow.
There are a couple of things that are becoming clear even this early in camp. Steve Williams is a legitimate candidate to start at cornerback. He has taken the first reps every day so far and coach Jeff Tedford is happy with the job he is doing so far. It’s also apparent that Keenan Allen is going to contribute right away. Tedford said yesterday that Allen won’t take any reps on defense during camp because he wants him to absorb the offense first. That’s because Tedford plans on having Allen be a major part of the offense this season. He’ll likely either start or play a lot as part of the receiver rotation.
Tedford said he is looking forward to tomorrow’s first full pads practice.
“It’s real football,” Tedford said. “You start working on some different fundamentals and techniques. All that is really taking that next step.”
Tedford said he’s been happy with how the defense has performed during camp so far. The unit is playing faster than it did in the spring when it was digesting new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s system.
“I think we’re going to continue to see that through camp as we continue to master the defense,” Tedford said. “Anytime you know what you’re doing, you’re going to play faster.”
Tailback Shane Vereen continues to sit out the beginning of camp as he nurses a tight hamstring back to health. You can bet he’ll continue to sit tomorrow with the full pads on.