The Bears used Wednesday to get a jump start on UCLA, beginning to put the game plan in for the Bruins. Of course, topic No. 1 with UCLA is its pistol offense, and if Cal can have any better luck stopping it than it did against Nevada.
There are two major differences between UCLA’ pistol and Nevada’s: it’s new to the Bruins, and UCLA doesn’t have a 6-foot-6, strong-armed quarterback who runs like the wind.
“They’re just starting out with it so I don’t know that they do quite as many things as Reno does,” Tedford said. “But they’re still efficient with what they do.”
While UCLA quarterback is athletic, he isn’t the unique athlete that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is. Kaepernick also is in his fourth year running the offense while this is just the first for Prince.
“(Kaepernick) has been in it for a long time, so he really understands it,” Tedford said. “Secondly, he’s fast. Not that Prince isn’t — when Prince gets out on the edge, he can hurt you as well. But (Kaepernick) is just used to that offense. That’s his offense, and he runs it perfectly. UCLA does a nice job with it, but they’re not as in-depth as Nevada, as of yet.”
The Bears will hold a full pad practice tomorrow and continue preparing for UCLA. On Friday, Cal’s younger players will scrimmage while the veterans do conditioning. Then the team will break for the weekend and meet back up on Monday to continue game planning for UCLA.