The Bears completed their fourth week (out of five) of spring practice today and you get the feeling coach Jeff Tedford wasn’t happy with the performance of his running backs. When asked how the group performed today, he said: “They didn’t have much going today. We didn’t have a lot of holes back there to run through. We put the ball on the ground a couple times, which is not good. We didn’t pass protect as well as we needed to with the running backs. We have some work to do still.”
Of course, if there weren’t a lot of holes to run through, that says something about the play of the offensive line as well.
So what will be resolved during the final week of spring practice? Obviously, everybody wants to know where the quarterbacks stand. And Tedford said today that there is still a chance there will be an order of thing by the end of next week and that it won’t just be three equal quarterbacks.
Zach Maynard continues to take the bulk of the No. 1 snaps during the portion the media is allowed to watch, but Tedford said part of that is to get him “more reps where he’s used to the offense.” That being said, you combine those No. 1 reps with some of the positive comments Tedford has made about Maynard this spring, and he seems to be the front-runner to go into the summer as the No. 1 quarterback.
Tedford said the Bears also probably won’t go in full pads again until Saturday’s scrimmage which wraps up spring practice. Cal actually will practice four times this week, with a light practice added on Friday (that replaces a practice earlier this spring that was cancelled).
“We’ve done a lot of banging and have made a lot of progress,” Tedford said. “I think we can get done this week in shells what we need to get done. We can practice fast and do some things and make sure we are sound in our assignments. We’re going to try to get them a little more healthy for Saturday.”
Tedford always brings out an officiating crew for some of the spring practices but it seems even more this year.
“It’s for everything,.” Tedford said. “It’s for alignment. It’s for what is holding and what’s not. It’s all those things you need to work on. If we’re out there, they can get away with holding. That’s what they are here for — to make sure we create good habits.”
Tedford was asked if any of the redshirt freshmen have stuck out this spring and he singled out safety Michael Coley, who has looked good as the nickel back. He also mentioned linebackers Dave Wilkerson and Chris McCain. Tedford also said sophomore Nick Forbes “has made a lot of plays.”
“All those young guys have a lot of potential,” Tedford said. “I’ve been very pleased with the young defensive guys.”
No major updates on the injury front, although linebacker Mychal Kendricks sat out practice with what he called a slight concussion.