Football: Wednesday report

Cal moved forward with its USC preparations today. One subject that hadn’t been brought up yet since Saturday was the fullback situation. Junior John Tyndall saw his first extensive playing time and coach Jeff Tedford said he would like to use all three of his fullbacks — Eric Stevens, Will Kapp and Tyndall.

“They’re all doing a good job, all three of those guys,” Tedford said.

We were let into practice just as the Bears were wrapping up some team sessions, and it looked as though Dominic Galas had been taking the first reps at center. He and Guarnero may be switching off during the week, and Tedford may not disclose his starter until game day.

Some funny stuff on Galas this week after making his first career start Saturday, some of which was covered in today’s notebook. But Tedford said he had to have a talk with Galas at the team hotel Friday night to make sure he was calm for the game. Tedford said Galas is very intense and wanted to remind him that he was playing in a football game, not taking part in a wrestling match.

More from Galas:

  • On the first play: “The first snap we ran a pretty basic play that I’ve probably ran 800 times. It wasn’t too bad at all. After that, I just kept going and each snap got better and each play got smoother.”
  • On channeling his emotions: “Anyone’s first start, there are certain emotions that go with it. I definitely want to play hard and play snap to whistle. It’s something I pride myself  on. He really just made sure that I had my assignments. It’s really just being smart, and I knew that’s what I had to do. It was good to get a reminder from him but I knew what I had to do.”
  • On focusing on staying calm: “I really just tried  to stay calm. I knew my assignments. I knew what I had to do. It was really just a matter of going out and doing it. I knew what to do, I knew how to do it, I knew how to play so it was really just a matter of staying calm and executing.”

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.