Football: Oh, by the way…

Cal did practice  last  night, something that got a bit lost amid Cameron Jordan going to the Saints. The Bears held a shortened practice, partly to get guys fresh for Saturday’s final scrimmage and partly to get back to Cal to watch Jordan get selected. The team watched the draft and had dinner together as Jordan’s name was called.

A couple of notes from Jeff Tedford’s post-practice comments yesterday:

  • More reaction to Beau Sweeney’s departure, but nothing new: “It’s good for him. You only get a chance to do this one time. He wants to play and was in a backup role. He’s a great kid. We wish him nothing but the best. He’s an awesome kid. … You only have one opportunity to play college football. That’s what we talked about. He still wants to play so he wants to go somewhere he’ll have an opportunity to get on the field.”
  • Tedford downplayed how much the Bears will incorporate elements of the spread offense  this season. “If there is a play or two that takes advantage of the quarterback’s ability to run, then we’ll utilize it. Thee won’t be a significan change (to the offense).”
  • Tedford said the starters won’t see a lot of action Saturday. “We want to see the 2s and 3s in game time situations,” he said. “Some positions,  we can’t afford to do that because we don’t have the depth. Some guys have to play. But where we do have the depth, we want to make sure we see those second and third guys.”
  • Tedford acknowledged that the play of the offensive line hasn’t been pretty at times this spring. But he also said much of that is because there is a lot of inexperience  with starters Mitchell Schwartz and Dominic Galas sidelined with injuries. “That’s why this spring wasn’t pretty a lot of the time because they are seeing so many looks and figuring out who to block, not just to block them. Those are good lessons to learn. I think there is some ability there. We just have to make sure we continue to grow. We have a lot of work to do on the depth on the offensive  line. Some of the starters we feel good about. But the 6th, 7th and 8th guys are going to be really important.”

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.

  • Perry Klien

    Will a spring starter at QB be named soon?

  • Calduke

    J O

    Were these the highlights of Tedfords post-practice
    I desperately want to have some reason to feel positive about the 2011 season, but, so far, JT’s comments have been about as stimulating as his 2010 offense.

  • Eric

    The quote that there “won’t be a significant change (to the offense)” is a red flag. Hopefully it is a feint, but if that is what Tedford intends to do, then the legitimate play-calling criticisms of many football pundits and fans over the last few years will only increase.

  • milo

    Geez, it’s still spring…not even fall camp.

    re: the offense…need decent o-line play first and foremost and then you need a QB that can execute. If you don’t have those two elements, doesn’t matter what you call or how you call it.