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Football: Monday practice report

Mondays typically are a short conditioning practice that is more about putting the previous week’s game to rest than preparing for the upcoming game. But with this week’s game taking place on a Friday, the Bears were in full game planning mode for Nevada today.

The players usually have Sundays off, but with one less day of weekly routine, that wasn’t possible this week. Players were at the football offices Sunday going over the tape of the win over Colorado game. Usually, coaches go over the tape on Sundays while the players are off, but coaches watched tape after the game Saturday night in preparation for meeting with players on Monday.

Besides having one less day to condense the weekly routine, the other thing a short week does is force the team to be a little extra cautious with injuries. Linebacker Mike Mohamed was in a boot today and didn’t practice. Coach Jeff Tedford said Mohamed tweaked his ankle and is simply resting, and should be back at practice tomorrow. The Bears also limited the workload of starting tailback Shane Vereen today.

Since players have one less day this week to recover from the previous game, they generally have to be extra careful taking care of their bodies.

“The demand it puts on your body,” linebakcer Jarred Price said when asked about the challenges of the short week. “We’re stressting getting treatment whenever you can, hop in the ice tub whenever you can because it rejuvenates the body. You have to get your body prepared for it.”

Other notes:

  • Backup cornerback Steve Williams suffered ligament damage to his thumb Saturday and will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair it. He still may be available for Friday’s game, but will have some kind of wrap around it.
  • No. 3 quarterback Brock Mansion is serving as the scout team quarterback this week because he resembles Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick more than Beau Sweeney. Mansion is tall, has a strong arm and runs well for his size, all traits similar to Kaepernick. With the Bears’ new practice routine this year calling for the second team to also serve as the scout team, Beau Sweeney will get some No. 1 reps to make sure he’s prepared for the game.
  • Tedford compared Nevada running back Vai Taua to Vereen. Taua rushed for 1,345 yards last season, one of three Nevada players to rush for at least 1,000 yards. That’s the first time that’s ever happened in college football. “He looks just like Shane,” Tedford said. “He’s very fast and powerful up the middle. He breaks arm tackles. They’re a tough, tough offense to deal with.”

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.