Football: Training camp report — Aug. 9

The Bears held their fourth day of practice this afternoon, and their last before going in full pads tomorrow. Wednesday’s practice will be the most revealing so far, and it is completely open to the media so there should be some good stuff to report.

Cal suffered a few more injuries tonight. Freshman Jason Gibson has a sprained ankle, and the severity is unknown at this point. Offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee has a “pretty significant contusion,” according to coach Jeff Tedford. Nose tackle Aaron Tipoti, meanwhile, had his bell rung and is going to be examined for a potential concussion. All three players aren’t expected to practice tomorrow. Same goes for offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who is still recovering from his hamstring injury.

One piece of good news for the Bears: Safety Sean Cattouse was back at practice one day after suffering a slight hamstring tweak.

Tedford expanded on the team’s decision not to bring running back Trajuan Briggs to camp. There is nothing wrong with Briggs’ health. The Bears simply have too many tailbacks and Tedford wants to get a look at the new ones. The team can only bring 105 of the 116 players on the roster to camp, so Briggs was a product of a logjam.

“We need to evaluate the young guys,” Tedford said. “In order to do that, we had to draw the line somewhere. He wasn’t in that group.”

Walk-on quarterback Ryan Werternberger is another player on the roster who isn’t in camp.

While practicing in full pads is the best way for coaches to evaluate players, they can still get some things done when the team is in shells, which the Bears were again today for the second straight practice. Tedford singled out freshman safety Avery Walls for his play today.

“Avery Walls stood out today as a guy who is an exceptional player,” Tedford said. “I think he’ll be one of our best special teams players, for sure.”

One major difference in a full pad practice is players are allowed to fully tackle, so that is something the defensive coaches especially will be watching tomorrow. As Tedford put it, “We’ll be doing some things where we will be playing real football.”


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.

  • GOGO Bears

    See? Sean’s back. Everything is good with the world. Watch him — he’s going to be great this year. He’s gonna surprise a lot of people.

  • abe

    injuries are piling up and we haven’t even began real hitting yet…i m bracing myself already

  • rollonubears

    Does the rugby team incur this many injuries on a relative basis? Seems like every day, 3-5 more guys go down. I thought the new strength and conditioning coach was supposed to be awesome. Maybe it’s just bad luck.

  • B

    I don’t understand the injury concerns. Does rugby incur this many injuries? No. Does rugby have 105 players out on the field doing drills every day? No. A couple minor injuries aren’t a big deal. It happens.

  • nedbear

    Watching the interview clips after practice over on calbears.com Tedford look much more relaxed than he ever has. I’ve always been a bit concerned about Tedford’s rigidness and how the team can pick up on that. I’m hopeful his new demeanor translates to the team. When the team is loose and things go awry, it’s easier to adjust instead of break.

  • covinared

    I don’t understand why someone like Briggs can’t be converted to full back. If he’d learn and be willing to block, we’d have another viable running option like back in the days of Manderino and Storer instead of the walk on block only guys we have now. Some great usc tailbacks started out as fullbacks and waited their turn. Blocking skills are needed to make it in the nfl as well.