Cal had its first day off of training camp today, as players healed up from a gruelingg stretch of three full pad practices in four days. It will be interesting to see how much practice changes this week. Coaches are starting to get a better idea of where players stands, and the depth chart could start taking more shape.
Coach Jeff Tedford allowed yesterday that Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is starting to separate himself as the No. 2 back. He could really nail down the job soon as two of the next three days are full pad practices as well. The Bears have a double-day tomorrow, with the afternoon session in pads.
In fact, after Wednesday, Cal will have only two more full pad practices for the remainder of training camp. That makes me think that Wednesday will be a big day.
The coaching staff may start narrowing the reps this week, especially at ultra-competitive positions or where newcomers are making a push to play as true freshman. If running back Brendan Bigelow is really healthy and going to be in the mix this season, it seems like this is the time. As recently as Saturday, Tedford said he still wasn’t getting many reps. Even if DeBoskie-Johnson does nail down the No. 2 job, the third back seems to be up for grabs. Is Dasarte Yarnway in the mix or will it go to a new guy like Bigelow or C.J. Anderson?
How about those freshman vying for playing time right away? Time to get more of a look at Brennan Scarlett, Viliama Moala and Mustafa Jalil on the defensive line. We know Chris McCain is going to play, but how about Cecil Whiteside? How about Maurice Harris at wide receiver? Lots of stuff to figure out moving forward.
Practice will also get a new look this week as the Bears will practice Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park as they start to get a feel for their temporary home field. Wednesday, practice will move to Evans Diamond as Cal practices playing on a field with a dirt infield, something they will have to do at AT&T Park. They will practice there Friday as well.