Before making the trek up all 75 rows of Memorial Stadium to talk to us less-active reporters, Jeff Tedford decided to get some exercise before the exercise.
Tedford had his players to 10 up-downs before concluding practice (standing up, players drop down, do a push-up, then stand back up. Then do it nine more times). This time, Tedford joined in, and acquited himself rather nicely.
He then walked up to talk to where reporters gather on the east rim of the stadium, and asked for a couple seconds to catch his breath before fielding questions.
Here are some highlights of today’s Q&A:
- The team obviously felt good about Saturday’s performance, but when I asked if the team understood that the speed and athleticism they face is going to be much tougher from here on out, I couldn’t even complete the question before Tedford said “We’ve already talked about that at this morning’s meeting. I made it clear to them.”
- On not playing right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin, who missed most of training camp with a knee bruise but returned to practice last week: “We didn’t feel like we needed to risk that.” Tedford said Summers-Gavin should play this week, and will continue to work with the second team.
- Backup tight end Jarrett Sparks was the only player to be injured against UC Davis. Sparks suffered a sprained ankle but it’s not believed to be serious. Tedford said Sparks may be available for Saturday’s game against Colorado.
- Tedford said he doesn’t want freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen to get overwhelmed with attention so early in his career. Virtually every recount of Saturday’s game focused on Allen, who had four catches for 120 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 38 yards and a score in his college debut. Tedford denied a request to have Allen appear on the “Coaches Corner” radio show this evening. “I already talked to him,” Tedford said. “We’re not going to overwhelm the guy. He’s still a freshman. He had a good first game. Keenan doesn’t really like that anyway. He’s not into all that stuff.”