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Football: Monday report

There may be more news later today on Kevin Riley, but for now here’s an update from Monday’s practice.

  • Jeff Tedford said he got a little  emotional when Riley came off the field Saturday. “I know the competitor that Kevin is,” he said. “To see how he was coming off the field, I had a pretty good idea that it was pretty serious because I know how tough he is. You could see tears in his eyes. He’s someone that’s competed so hard. You just hate to see it. I felt for him that he was hurting so bad.”

  • I asked Tedford if Riley’s injury meant a little more to him since Riley has had so many ups and downs during his career and has been the target of a lot of criticism. “I’ve seen him grow so much,” Tedford said. “Him and I have probably shouldered the most criticism. For him, I’m just so proud of the way he’s responded and grown up as a person. No matter what anybody thinks of him as a player, he’s always given everything he has here. His heart and soul are in it. It’s just so unfortunate to see something that looked so devastating. It was a pretty nasty looking deal.”
  • Tedford said the hit by Oregon St. defensive tackle Brennan Olander that injured Riley was perfectly clean. “The guy was trying to fight through getting blocked,” he said. “He was coming low and he dove at him. I don’t think it was intentional. It wasn’t like he had a free run and then went low. It’s just an unfortunate part of the game.”
  • Tedford said the playbook should return to normal this week with Brock Mansion in his first career start at quarterback. Tedford said after Saturday’s game that they shrunk the playbook when Mansion came in. But now that Mansion will be able to take starter’s reps all week, the playbook should be back open. “It’s just a matter of comprehending the game plan, which he always does,” Tedford said. “But now he’ll have more reps at it.”
  • Tedford said he’s been happy with Mansion’s development since he’s been at Cal. “He’s worked hard on fundamentals and mechanics. He’s a really hard-working guy who’s dedicated to what he’s doing. I’m sure he’ll have a great week of preparation, both mentally and physically.”
  • Tedford said Ryan Wertenberger is now the No. 3 quarterback. He said it was Wertenberger because “nobody else really had camp reps.” The Bears took it easy with redshirt freshman Allan Bridgford during training camp because he was recovering from shoulder surgery.
  • Tedford said it was “staggering” how many long-yardage situations the Bears had against Oregon State, especially on third down.
  • Tefdord said the false start penalties were partly due to a change in the cadence with the quarterback switch and partly because of a lack of composure.
  • The Bears held an extra  meeting this morning. Tedford said it was to make sure his players understood they need to practice with a purpose, to make sure it carries over into games. “Make sure everybody understood the week of practice and the week of preparation that we need  to have. We have to practice with a purpose so it carries over into games. You don’t just practice  to practice. When we do certain things in all phases of the game, they’re for a reason.”

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.