10

Football: Training camp report — Aug. 16

Cal held its one and only practice of training camp at AT&T Park this afternoon, as players got familiar with the field they will call home in 2011.

After Tuesday evening’s full pad practice, the Bears were only in helmets today as it was a session more about familiarizing themselves with their surroundings. Players got used to playing on a field with infield dirt and in a configuration where a wall is very near the back of the end zone.

After practice, coach Jeff Tedford had the entire team line up and take turns jumping up against the padded wall that will be behind one of the end zones (left field in the basebal configuration). Coaches think of everything, don’t they?

“They have to know it’s padded,” Tedford said. “You have to run into it a couple times to realize that it’s soft. You can run into it. It’s no big deal.”

Playing on a field with infield dirt can affect some players more than others. It can make a big difference to kickers and holders, or punt returners who let the ball bounce on the dirt.

“You need to know what it feels like,” Tedford said. “Is it slippery? Can your cleats fit in? We’re not used to that. We’re used to practicing on our stadium field. As much as we can get that experience, the better we’re going to be”

The dirt can also substantially affect offensive and defensive linemen.

“You can’t get outside yourself,” Tedford said. “You get your base too wide, you’re going to slip. There’s no grasp to it.”

After the players were done jumping up against the wall, they all changed into a clean jersey and lined up in the center field bleachers for a team picture that will make up the team poster this season. Then punter Bryan Anger joined Comcast SportsNet anchor Jim Kozimor for a feature that will be part of the network’s Cal season-preview show. Kozimor asked Anger how many punts would it take him to get a “splash hit” if began in the infield. Anger said he could reach the water in two punts.

After a couple of mishits, Anger unloaded on two punts that went well onto the grass in right field. He then easily reached the water on his second punt of each. That ended the afternoon’s festivities, and the players headed for the bus.

A couple of injury updates: Fullback Will Kapp has a “minor sprained ankle,” according to Tedford. Kapp was in a boot. For now, the Bears are down to their third fullback, either John Tyndall or Nico Dumont.

Also, freshman tailback Darren Irvin suffered a quad contusion and was on crutches. Irvin was also injured during spring practice.

Wednesday will be one of the most significant days of training camp as the Bears play their first of two scrimmages. Tedford said he plans on playing a lot of the younger players to start getting a better sense of the depth chart.

“A lot of the starters have had most of the reps,” Tedford said. “We’re probably going to play a lot of young guys tomorrow and try to get them stratified where they may be.”

 

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.

  • Hungry

    phew … Will Kapp’s injury is minor

  • Kevin Thomas

    Players are practicing jumping into the wall behind the endzone?

    Based on the anemic performance of the Cal offense of the last few years, they should be spending all their time figuring out and then practicing HOW TO GET INTO THE ENDZONE in the first place, before thinking about what comes next after you score.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    2.Kevin Thomas Says:
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    Players are practicing jumping into the wall behind the endzone?

    Based on the anemic performance of the Cal offense of the last few years, they should be spending all their time figuring out and then practicing HOW TO GET INTO THE ENDZONE in the first place, before thinking about what comes next after you score.

    _______________________________________________

    HAHAHAHA…nice post from presumably a Stanford fan.

  • MikeD

    MoreNCS_are_sanctioned and ignored – troll post blocked.

    oh…. so sad

    BlockAmy -> http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/58785

    and to keep things on topic, wish they had a few more practices at AT&T to make it feel more home field like.

    Really looking forward to this season, seems like there are many wildcards in play that could swing things for the program in wildly different directions. Here’s hoping for the upward direction option.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Your game against Washington State appears to be more important as every preseason report comes out. Winner takes all.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/08/17/pac-12-preview/index.html?sct=cf_t12_a1

  • LB

    “They have to know it’s padded,” Tedford said. “You have to run into it a couple times to realize that it’s soft. You can run into it. It’s no big deal.”

    …yeah, Coach T, I think maybe once is enough for them to realize that it’s soft. LOL…

  • Kevin Thomas

    MoreNCsarecoming,

    Sorry to disappoint you. UC Class of ’65.

    Tedford turned the program around, and given us a nice ride, but now it seems like modern college offensive football has passed him by. His offense has become so predictable. That down-the-line screen was once a surprise weapon. Now, other teams have no trouble stopping it. He doesn’t seem to be able to get us to the next level. We can hope for a good season, but it may be time for a change and a fresh approach.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Kevin Thomas

    Thanks for the clarification. I was planning to congratulate you for the Stanford being on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. The title is “Stanford – The Best in the West.”

    Most of your opponents are hoping that both Tedford and Rickey stick around. I know Teddy will be for awhile since he is in only the second year of a 12M contract. Sandy’s seat license plan is a failure and she is running the athletic department into financial destitution.

  • BlueNGold

    Hey troll-

    “Sandy’s seat license plan is a failure and she is running the athletic department into financial destitution.”

    That is a pretty serious allegation, and it is not the first time you have posted it without including any facts to back it up. Do you have any, or is this just another of your many delusional predictions?

  • Kevin Thomas

    MoreNCsarecoming,

    “Teddy will be (here) for awhile since he is in only the second year of a 12M contract.”

    Don’t bet on it. Remember Ben Braun? Sandy gave him a huge multi-year contract, and then after the next season, she fired him. If Tedford goes something like 5-7 or 4-8, he is history.