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Football: Training camp report — Aug. 17

Cal held the first of its two scrimmages during training camp and there was no real news to report. Of course, in the old days, reporters could tell you a lot more about the scrimmage because we were allowed to watch it — even if was just an observation of who is playing well and who isn’t.

Now, we depend on coach Jeff Tedford to tell us what happened, and as expected, he said afterward he’d have to watch the tape to really make an accurate evaluation of the scrimmage.

That being said, Tedford did single a few players out when asked for his first impressions. At tailback, he said C.J. Anderson and Mike Manuel had some nice moments. He added that Coleman Edmond “did a couple of nice things today, both in the return game and at receiver. He’s getting better every day and that’s nice to see because he’s in that top five guys that need to step up.”

Edmond is getting more of a chance because of the knee injury to Kaelin Clay. Tedford said that Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen, Michael Calvin and Edmond make up the top four receivers right now, with Clay, Bryce McGovern and Maurice Harris in the mix to round out the top five. But Harris tweaked his knee during the scrimmage and could be out for awhile. He needed to be further evaluated.

On defense, Tedford singled out safety Avery Walls and cornerback Kameron Jackson for their play. Jackson had an interception.

The reason these are all names of inexperienced players is because most of Cal’s starters didn’t play. Tedford felt like he knows what those players can do and wanted to get extensive time seeing younger players that are competing for playing time.

Jones, Allen, running backs Isi Sofele and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, tight end Anthony Miller, defensive end Trevor Guyton, linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt and safety Sean Cattouse were all held out.

“We tried to let everybody play today to get their feet wet a little bit,” Tedford said. “We tried to really get a look at the younger guys.”

Some other notes:

  • Fullback Will Kapp (minor ankle sprain) returned from a one-day layoff and had a 60-yard catch.
  • Nose tackle Aaron Tipoti attempted to return from a concussion but was still feeling symptoms. He still could be out quite a while.
  • Allen and Jones are at the top of the depth chart at both returning kickoffs and punts. But Edmond could be in the mix on kickoffs after a good performance today.
  • The scrimmage was officiated by Pac-12 refs to give players a rehearsal of dealing with real game situations.
  • Chris McCain, Cecil Whiteside and Ryan Davis continue to battle for the weakside outside linebacker spot. “I feel like there is pretty good depth there,” Tedford said.
  • With Tipoti out, true freshman is the second team nose tackle behind Kendrick Payne.
  • Tedford said true freshman Mustafa Jalil “is doing a nice job” at defensive end and there is a chance he could be on the two-deep when the season begins.

The Bears are back at it with another double-day tomorrow. Cal’s next full pad practice is Saturday afternoon, the back end of another two-a-day session.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

  • rotfogel

    Chris McCain, Cecil Whiteside and Ryan Davis all competing for one spot? Why on earth are those talented guys fighting for one LB spot? How bout some competition on the other outside spot? Has Wilkerson performed so well that they have said ‘hey all the uber talented guys, you’re fighting for one spot’. Sounds like some strange favoritism going on.

  • rollonubears

    I’m pretty sure if the donors demanded more access to practices, they’d allow it. I don’t think they really care, so the press gets left in the dark.

    No comments on QB play?

    How come we always go with the slower guy on kick returns?

  • Ray Finkle

    Pretty frustrating that practice is closed. Does anybody know why? I’m very worried about QB…….

  • ScottyBear

    “True freshman” who is the second team behind Tipoti? The name was omitted. Assuming it’s big “V”?

  • milo

    Okanes – the “you can’t get into practice” line is getting old. We know it but you repeat every freakin’ blog. I wish that wasn’t the case but it is…so spare us the drama.

    p.s. Crumpacker at the Chron explained why, because sometime along the way a reported decided to blog every play Cal’s offense was running…and that shut down access. I’d like to know who this knucklehead was.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Milo Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Okanes – the “you can’t get into practice” line is getting old. We know it but you repeat every freakin’ blog. I wish that wasn’t the case but it is…so spare us the drama.
    ______________________________________________________
    That’s kind of rude for you to be making that comment. JO makes his living by reporting on your team. I don’t know why the media doesn’t just tell Tedford to shove it and leave all of you guys in the dark. I think it is laughable for the reporters to show up at some designated time after practise to hear how it went.

  • Cre8tivguy

    JO sounds a little frustrated today. Go to Calbears.com. They have a decent rundown the scrimmage and good photos as well. Sounds like Maynard had a great showing.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Yes go over that site. Calbears.com is a project created and run by the marketing department in order to sell more tickets.

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    How sad it must be to have a life so empty that you have nothing better to do than make yourself a nuisance on some other football team’s blog site. I don’t like USC and I don’t like Stanford either, but I could not imagine devoting even a minute of my time to go sign up at one of their blogs. There are much better things in life (my life anyway) to focus on.

    We should all feel sorry for the troll, not be angry at her.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Just as I expected. Your ticket sales for the FSU game is lagging. Here is an excerpt from a letter sent to your fans from your AD.

    “In order to earn our revenue guarantee, we need to sell our allotment of tickets directly from the Cal Athletic Ticket Office (purchasing through other sites like Ticketmaster or StubHub does not qualify toward our guarantee). To date, we have not met our goal and currently trail Fresno State in tickets sold, however, we still have some of the best seats available in the Cal section along the sideline. I am challenging our Cal community to surpass Fresno State for fan support in attendance and tickets sold. I just can’t imagine that our community would allow Fresno to come to the Bay Area and out number us at Candlestick Park on September 3rd. I know we won’t let that be the case.”

    No journalists allowed to practise who just might report on something which hurts ticket sales. One has to wonder.

  • BlueNGold

    Hey troll, how do you justify spending so much time in your life searching out any source of information, regardless of how incredible or irrelevant, about Cal and/or its athletic programs, just to satisfy your fanatical obsession with a school that you pretend to hate and as to which you are constantly latching onto anything that you think you can use in your lame attempts to criticize and ridicule it?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    9.MoreSanctionsComing Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    …but I could not imagine devoting even a minute of my time to go sign up at one of their blogs. There are much better things in life (my life anyway) to focus on.
    _____________________________________________________
    The reason you don’t is because you spend so much time on these blogs making a hobby out of responding to me. You replied 6 times in two days and one can up that count by adding the posts from your other s/n. One would not know you had better things to do in YOUR life by the frequency of your multiple s/n postings on these blogs. as Pastor Rick says – “Physician heal thyself”.

    And all the people said?

    “Amen.”

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    As a Cal fan, I follow Cal blogs. This one and others. Yes, I spend some of my time following my favorite football team. That’s very different from what you do.

    What I do not do is go spend time at the blogs of other teams I don’t like. That would be pathetic. I would only do such a thing if my life was completely empty like yours is.

    I respond to you because somebody has to. Somebody has to overshadow any point you try to make with the bigger point which is that you are universally hated here and everybody wishes you would go away.

  • milo

    Someone needs to take her meds…ASAP.

  • MikeD

    please to be ignoring the troll, it doesn’t take much… really. and the replies to her ruins the blogs for those of us who have her blocked. you’ll find that if you block her that her garbage just doesn’t matter any more, the comments become eversomuchbetter and enjoyable to read. thanks for your cooperation.

    > Fullback Will Kapp (minor ankle sprain) returned from a one-day layoff and had a 60-yard catch.

    wow, since when have we had a FB involved like that. can’t tell if its a 5 yd swing pass and 55yrd run – which would be good since means line blocked well – or if it was 60yrs in the air (unlikely) — either way it’s nice to see the FB in the mix

    > Nose tackle Aaron Tipoti attempted to return from a concussion but was still feeling symptoms. He still could be out quite a while.

    eeeeeh. not so good, heal quick big man. but more possible playing time for the new freshman. Good article about him linked off of Ted Millers blog

  • rollonubears
  • Bobodeluxe

    I likey me some bubble screen!

  • GOGO Bears

    Our favorite troll, who got banned as fatadvisor, is now back on SFGate as angermanagement. He’s still obsessed with social welfare advisors. At least he has someone in his life to be passionaate about, if not with. :)

  • GOGO Bears

    Happy Newyear’s Eve everyone! Make sure you spend it with friends!