The Bears were back on the Memorial Stadium field this morning, going with an abbreviated practice in shells after returning fro the weekend off. No big news to report. Coach Jeff Tedford said the time off has definitely helped some of his banged-up players, most notably linebacker Mike Mohamed and wide receiver Keenan Allen. Of Allen, Tedford said “It’s nice to see him not limping anymore.”
Some quick notes from Tedford’s meeting with reporters after practice:
- He said watching the UCLA-Washington State game “just verified how physical their backs are.” Johnathan Franklin rushed for 216 yards and Derrick Coleman added 185 during the Bruins 42-28 win.
- He said he wasn’t surprise Washington St. was able to pile up some yards and points against UCLA’s supposed stingy defense. “Washington State is a good team,” he said, with a straight face. “Washington State did some good things. They have a very competitive quarterback (Jeff Tuel). They spread you out and do soe pretty good things.”
- Of UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, considered by some an All-American candidate, Tedford said: “He’s a very good player. They put him in a lot of different positions. He’s very fast off the edge.”
- Tedford hinted that offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin may be in store for more playing time, at either guard or tackle. “I would expect Matt plays. I don’t know how many snaps he plays.’