Football: Thursday night update

Jeff Tedford confirmed this evening what had been reported earlier in the day: WR Tevin Carter has quit the team and has head back home to Los Angeles.

Tedford said Carter’s main reason for leaving is that he simply isn’t enjoying playing football anymore. That likely made it hard for him to put in the work necessary to handle the academic workload at Cal.

“Tevin has been struggling for awhile with his passion for football,” Tedford said. “If football is not your passion, it’s a very difficult thing to do if you don’t love it and you don’t like all the work that’s being done with it. He chose to go home because he doesn’t have the passion for football.”

This is a big hit for Cal, not necessarily for the upcoming season but for the future. Carter may have not been a huge part of the playing rotation this season, but with seniors Marvin Jones, Michael Calvin and Coleman Edmond leaving after 2011, there was going to be plenty of opportunities for Carter to make an impact.

Cal is adding just one wide receiver to its roster this fall when Maurice Harris arrives in Berkeley. That means the Bears will go into the spring of 2012 with only Keenan Allen, Kaelin Clay, Terrance Montgomery and Maurice Harris as scholarship receivers. You can bet that wide receiver will be a big focus in the 2012 recruiting class, if it hasn’t been already.

Tedford tonight also confirmed that Brock Mansion, Zach Maynard and Allan Bridgford are the only three quarterbacks taking reps now. But he did allow that it’s not necessarily permanent. He said if performance in practice dictates that someone else should start getting reps, so be it. That being said, it certainly appears that this is the trio that will be in the mix all the way to the end.

“We can’t continue to rep everybody,” Tedford said. “To have any efficiency, you can’t rep that many quartrerbacks. We made a decision to rep those three guys as of now ans see how they perform and take it from there.”

Tedford said they mixed in a few reps for Austin Hinder today. That implies that Beau Sweeney is now No. 5 on the depth chart.

Of Mansion, Tedford said: “There’s some comfort level there of Brock being able to handle the huddle and calling plays because of some experience.”

Of Maynard, Tedford said: “Zach does a lot of really good things, physically. He’s very mobile and has a very good escape dimension. We’re putting a lot on him right now. That’s how he’s going to learn. When he has it down mentally and can play unconscious, I think he has shown so far in this little bit of time that he has some physical tools.”

Of Bridgford, Tedford said: “Bridgford has some background with the offense but hasn’t done it on the field. To transform it from the classroom to the field, that’s the next step.

A few other notes:

  • Running back Darren Irvin, who sprained his ankle Saturday,  was out today and isn’t expected back until next week.
  • Cal changed  its schedule yet again. The Bears won’t practice Friday but have added, Friday, April 29 to their schedule.
  • Jahvid Best watched part of 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.

  • Calduke

    Thanks for the report.
    Sounds encouraging.

  • Kent Wilson

    During Tedford’s tenure at Cal’s head coach, he as been fairly consistent on how he handles starting QB. Tedford really values experience…probably to a fault. Remember how it took a few games for Tedford to allow Aaron Rogers to be the starting QB? Not to mention his reluctance to move away from Ayoob, Longshore and Riley even though they had established a consistent pattern of under performance. Tedford continues to cling to the comfort of a QB who has experience. So, here’s what I think Tedford will do this year:

    Brock Mansion will be the starting QB on opening day…but will split playing time with Zach Maynard. Tedford, will give some standard rationale that Mansion is “most familiar” with the offense, but that Zach Maynard’s escapability and ability to “make plays” earns him the opportunity to play.

    Even though Maynard will demonstratively outperform Mansion it will take Tedford until Game 3 to name Maynard the starter.

    We’ll see…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Daddy said more transfers to come.

  • charlie

    I don’t disagree with Kent. However, Robertson wasn’t a bad QB; Tedford could afford to allow Rodgers to adjust.

    Also, unlike blueshirt sophmore Bridgford, Rodgers was a first year sophmore – he had a lot of catching up to do.

  • konamike

    So we really have two QB’s: Mansion & Maynard. We know from last yr. Mansion’s average @ best. Kent Wilson’s correct: Tedford values experience to a fault. 5 & 7, here we come again.

  • StanfordJim

    Yeah, Amy…Daddy said Sweeney is going to move on. The Bears will wish him well, and other high end talent will come to the Bay — but not the South Bay of LA.

  • BlueNGold

    Daddy told me how disappointed he is that his offspring has never gotten a real life doing something meaningful instead of continually making a pain it the a$$ of itself to fans of Cal football.

  • Bears

    Hinder needs to get stronger. As soon as he can do that he will put himself into the mix.

    Hope he can do that soon.

    The more good players competing for the spot the better.

  • SizeOfTheBear

    Maynard will be the man!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Did Carter major in Social Welfare? No wonder he lost focus.