Football: Monday practice update

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 focusedĀ  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.”

Jonathan Okanes

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  • BlakeStreetBear

    Regarding Tedford’s last quote about Allen, “…He’s not into all that stuff.”: Allen better get used to “all that stuff” because he is a major talent and looks to me like a Heisman finalist next season, given the opportunity to return both kicks and punts, run the ball and occasionally pass the ball too (maybe nickel package once in a while ala a certain Mr. Woodson). If he can get 15 touches per game he should easily score 20-25 TDs THIS SEASON! I might sound crazy and I know it was only Davis but still, I think we all know that we saw the play of a future top-10 NFL draft pick. So imho, the sooner Allen gets used to “all that stuff” the better, he is a major, major talent, maybe the best Tedford player ever, and that IS saying something! Mmmm…the Kool-Aid tastes good. Go Bears!

  • JD

    You mean one of the best Tedford RECRUITED players right? Because if you go by Tedford players, right now its Nnamdi Asomugha. But then you still have Aaron Rodgers as a budding superstar so…Don’t forget DeSean Jackson who makes NFL defenses look slow. Oh yea and theres still that Jahvid Best guy as long as he isn’t injured. But I will agree with you that maybe, just maybe in a few years, Keenan Allen has the potential to be the best Tedford player ever. Still I think Aaron Rodgers will hold that title for the time being.

  • Rollonubears

    These quotes sound like tedford 2.0 to me. Good stuff! If he’s only 1.0 for the games and 2.0 at all other times, that’s good enough for me.

  • Tdogg

    Whoa, best Tedford player ever? Isn’t it a little early? Don’t forget Tedford had ARod, Lynch, DJax, and Best among others. But for sure he has the potential to be among the best. Don’t know about Heisman though especially since he plays for Cal. Cal will have to almost win out for him to be considered. The future is now though. ‘Cause this year is the best chance for Cal to reach the promised land so he might as well play like a Heisman this year!

  • milo

    Allen adds the big threat that Cal needs. Key on him, Vereen will burn you…key on Vereen, Allen will burn you. Toss in some Sofele as a change up…or have them all in at the same time and dang…it’s going to be good.

    Lets hope the D can hold up their end of the bargain.

    Go Bears!

  • House

    Jones is going to have a huge year because of teams keying in on Allen, witch should make defenses a little more honest, opening the door for a big year for Shane.

  • I don’t think Nick Saban brings Julio Jones to his interviews, some players are just uncomfortable dealing with the media. I’d much rather have a more loquacious player like Jeremy Ross answer questions.

  • rotfogel

    The best QB in the NFL is Aaron Rodgers…not sure Keenan Allen will ever be the best player in the NFL at the most important position.

  • J

    This cracks me up… this was the guy’s FIRST game against a nothing school. Keenan looks awesome… but lets wait until a decent school (CU being one) double team him with faster guys. The secret is out.. and the better teams will have faster guys to add to the increased coverage.

    Lets talk in October.