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Football: Training camp report — Aug. 20

By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 9:51 pm in Football, off-season stuff, Training camp.

The Bears held their last double-day of training camp Saturday, going in shells in the morning and full pads in the afternoon. That set up what essentially is the final day of camp — Monday’s scrimmage.

Monday will be the last day of evaluation for camp. The coaching staff will once again be most interested in the second and third team to nail down the depth chart. The only starting job that appears to be undecided is at outside linebacker, where Chris McCain, Cecil Whiteside and Ryan Davis are battling.

Coach Jeff Tedford said Saturday that Spencer Hagan has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart at tight end behind Anthony Miller. Of course, much of that is because Spencer Ladner hasn’t been healthy. Still, Hagan has done a seamless job transitioning from wide receiver in the spring and has added weight to improve his performance at the line of scrimmage. Tedford said redshirt freshman Jacob Wark has impressed and right now would be in the No. 3 spot. We’ll see how this changes once Ladner gets his knee right.

Tedford would also like to spend tomorrow getting a good look at backup offensive tackle Tyler Rigsbee, who has missed most of camp with a bone bruise in his leg. The starting offensive line is set but Tedford is concerned with the depth behind the first unit. He’d like to find three solid backups to be the next in line, and Rigsbee figured to be the backup at both tackle spots before his injury. Tedford said Rigsbee should be able to play in the scrimmage.

Offensive guard Brian Schwenke and linebackers Mychal Kendricks and David Wilkerson have sat out the last couple of practices to rest assorted ailments, but Tedford said none of them are serious.

Tedford still hasn’t officially named the No. 2 quarterback, although it appears sophomore Allan Bridgford is in the lead over Brock Mansion. We’ll know on Wednesday when the Bears start game planning for Fresno State and we find out who is taking the second reps behind center.

One note about Monday’s scrimmage. Tedford has eliminated all media access — the first 20 minutes will be closed and there will be no interviews allowed by coaches or players. So there won’t be too much to report immediately. We’ll follow up on Tuesday from Candlestick Park, where the Bears are having a light practice to get acclimiated with the site of their season opener.

 

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