Football: On the eve of spring practice

A couple of quick notes before spring training commences tomorrow:

  • I found out today that it’s going to be harder than usual to do player interviews this spring. Since the team is bussing to its practice sites, players won’t be available on the field after practice like usual. That’s because the team has to immediately get back on the busses and return to campus. The exception will be Saturdays.

  • That doesn’t mean players are only available for interviews on Saturdays, but they have to be pre-arranged at other times. So we should still hear from players this spring, but they won’t be as readily available.
  • Jeff Tedford will still speak with the media after every practice.
  • One note about the running backs. It appears Trajuan Briggs is completely healed from his ankle and back injuries and will be ready to go tomorrow. Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is also good to go, so there will be more depth and competition thatn previously expected.
  • As for the coverage you can expect here, it will also be a little different than in the past. Because of the downsizing of our staff in recent years, I am needed to work on our copy desk now and then even during spring practice. So I won’t be attending every practice and providing updates. For example this week, I will be there Tuesday and Saturday, but not Thursday. Same for next week. I will of course still strive to provide the most thorough coverage possible.
  • That being said, look for my spring preview tomorrow — a look at the top five storylines facing Cal this spring. And I of course will have a report tomorrow night after the first practice.

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.

  • Can’t wait for the reports J.O.

    Making things challenging for you, aren’t they?

  • Ozone

    JO, get yourself an intern!

  • Thisiscal

    JO, should we call your boss? Or, sign a petition to free you up for Thursdays too?
    Looking forward to your coverage during this pivotal year for Cal Football.

  • Ho

    I doubt calling the boss or signing petition will do much. Need to increase paid subscribers. Newspaper industry facing too many headwinds with all the content available on the internet. Thanks for all that you do with the resources you’ve got JO!

  • BlueNGold

    JO- Surprised that you have not yet reported the announcement that Tedford will be doing the offensive play calling for the 2011 season. Any insight on this? How do the fans feel about it?