Football: Tedford after practice

Cal was back at Contra Costa College for another practice Tuesday afternoon. I wasn’t able to attend, but did get ahold of the transcript of Jeff Tedford’s meeting with reporters. Here’s what Cal’s coach had to say today:

On why the team moved its practices from Laney College to Contra Costa College:

“The other one, the track was too close. The track was right on the boundary. You get tackled out of bounds, that stuff will tear you up.”


On having practices at different venues:

“That’s kind of our theme this year.We’re kind of on the road.”


On being in the huddle more coaching the quarterbacks:

“There are some new things and new terminology so that really keeps me on my toes. When you are used to calling something for 20 years and all of the sudden you’re calling something different, I have to really concentrate on that. As far as everything else, it’s been great. It keeps me focused on the offense and the performance of what we are doing and keeping my mind of all the other nonsense.”


On the relationship he’s building with new quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo:

“Really well. It’s going to take a while but he really knows what he’s talking about. We communicate really well. The familiarity (with all the offensive coaches) really makes it smooth. If I’m not right there with Marcus for whatever reasons, those guys are. It’s working out really well. I’m very pleased with the staff.”


On quarterback Allan Bridgford shortening his throwing motion:

“He’s much better in scrimmage situations. He shortens it downs. Early on he was pretty mechanical.. Now he’s starting to speed it up more. He’s getting better with it.


On tight end Spencer Hagan, who went to the hospital after Saturday’s practice with a rib injury:

“He went home that evening. I want over and saw him. They kept him for about an hour for observation. There was no bleeding. It was a pretty good bruise.”


On freshman safety Avery Wallls:

“He’s done great. He has to keep getting better every day. He plays very fast. He’s a very good tackler in the open field. When he brings it, he’s not shy. He comes to hit you. He’s going to be a very good player for us.”


On freshman running back Darren Irvin, who is recovering from a sprained ankle:

“He still has a ways to go with the ankle. Hopefully he can get back by next week sometime. We really want to see him and get him evaluated. It’s really unfortunate that he’s not out there.”


On the development so far of quarterback Zach Maynard:

“Great. He’s doing really well. He throws the ball with authority. He’s understanding more every day of what goes on. He’s a really quick learner. He’s the guy that can make a difference wit his legs. He can run. Everyday is something new for him. When we’re starting to repeat things, he’s getting it. We put a lot in. The more repetitions he gets, the better he gets every day.”


On quarterback Brock Mansion looking better than last season:

“He’s sharper now. Indecision has a lot to do with that. Now he kind of knows what he is looking for with more experience. He feels the timing a little better. It takes a while to feel the timing. If you watch (redshirt freshman) Austin Hinder out here right now, he’s like a little puppy. He’s in such a rush to get the ball out. Things slow down and you start to feel that. That’s happened for Brock because of his experience.”


On Mansion getting a better feel in the pocket:

“When things are all around you, instead of panicking, you feel the pocket and you know how much time you have. You don’t see that. You keep your eyes down field. When you can start keeping your eyes down field and you’re feeling everything else around you, then you know. If a quarterback’s eyes come down, it’s either he doesn’t know what he’s looking for or the game is happening too fast for him. That’s what Brock has a little bit more this year. He played some pretty good teams last year that were moving pretty fast.”


On which quarterbacks do the best with their progressions:

“Brock is probably the furthest along with that just because he’s done it. Zach is getting it more and more each day. Zach has a great feel for the game. He can feel things come open. Now what he needs to do mechanically is keep the ball in position to throw a strike. He gets running and he’s running fast and he throws from his hip. He needs to get the ball in position to throw a strike. He can make some things happen.”

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.

  • Larry

    My gut tells me Mansion will start the season at QB due to his experience and Maynard will be eased into the roll as the season unfolds. Just like Robertson/Rodgers in 2003. Although Maynard probably won’t be the next Rodgers. I’ll take half a Rodgers.

  • StanfordJim

    My six-pack abs says you are wrong, Larry.
    Nothing personal.

  • fatoski

    Bridgeford will be the starting QB. You can take it to the bank.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Whatever guys…you don’t have a QB and you don’t have a coach who can coach one.

    8th place finish.

  • rollonubears

    Bridgeford probably SHOULD be the starting QB, but I’d put dollars to donuts we’ll see Maynard taking the first snaps, for several unfortunate reasons. He was a very average QB at a below average school. If he’s somehow become a stud, then I’m all for him being in there, but my guess is that he’s going to be in there to make Keenan Allen happy, and because he has the most D1 experience. Tedford will probably also say that he brings the most mobility to the table, just to appease those of us who want to see a QB take off every once in awhile, even though we know darned well he will never let a QB out of the pocket. Same old story. Again. I WILL BE SHOCKED if Bridgeford takes the first snaps, but I really hope he does. From all the notes we’ve seen, he sounds like he’s the best equipped for the job. Give him a chance.

  • Bears

    The guy or guys who have the most QB moxie and leadership ability and then translate that into consistent results on the field will be behind center.
    They have to win the team and will then win the crowd with results.
    It might take two QB’s to reach our potential this fall. We’ll see, lots of time for this to play out and cream to rise to the top.
    We have great coaches leading our offense going into 2011 and I think we’ll see the offensive unit take major steps forward led by the QB position.

  • BobbyG

    Sounds like he may be leaning toward Maynard.

  • John Scott

    I think the good news is that JT is assuming a more active role in teaching the QBs like old times when he had some decent QBs at Cal and prior universities.
    Whoever shows up at #1 is going to be better than last 3-4 yrs.

  • Calfansincebirth

    Bridgford is going to be the QB. He has the most accuracy and he has preformed well in pressure situations(powerhouse high school games) he has the ability to make all the throws and he has been able to excel in practice. Mansion will probably be the second string but he should see some time on the field because his legs. Mansion will be a good 3rd stringer though.

  • Calduke


    Thanks for spelling Bridgford correctly.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Tedford wont make any decision until early-mid August I bet. “Just Say No to Mansion” is my theme in 2011. Maynard intrigues me due to his legs, and his connection w/KA21. But Bridgford is really more JT’s type. I hope AB16’s shoulder is 110%.

  • MoreNCsarecoming


    When will you ask JT if he is proud of this


    #1 cupcake game of the year

  • jpf

    For those who have not already installed the troll post blocking script:


    Do yourself a favor. Nothing is so sweet as knowing Amy can’t get to you.

  • David

    Since Cal has already scheduled home-and-home series with Ohio St. and with Texas in the coming years, we have nothing to be ashamed of.