Football: Saturday practice report

Even though training camp technically ended Monday with the final scrimmage, Fan Appreciation Day always marks the unofficial end of camp. The Bears practiced in the morning then held a barbecue for players’ parents before heading down to Underhill Field for the event.

“I thought it was a good camp,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “I think we improved every day we were out here, which is the focus. Now the guys are ready to play.”

On the first day of camp, Tedford mentioned the great shape his players were in after spending the summer working with new strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquez. He said he saw that work manifest itself on the field the past three weeks.

“You see great hustle, a lot of quickness,” Tedford said. “I thought we were much quicker in their shuttle runs and things like that. I think their work in the summer really paid off.”

Junior Isi Sofele is slated to be Cal’s starter at tailback this season. It’s a new role for Sofele, who has played just sparingly the past two seasons.

This marks the first year in quite a while that the Bears enter a season with a starting tailback who didn’t see much action in a reserve role previously. That being said, he began spring practice No. 1 on the depth chart and his status was never in doubt as no other backs posed a challenge

“There’s always competition, but there’s been nothing there that has put anybody ahead of him,” Tedford said. “We’re going to see. I have a lot of confidence in him, but anytime someone new goes in there, there’s a learning curve for when the lights go onĀ and it’s game day. The adrenaline is flowing and things happen. It’s not his first time, but it’s his first time in an extended role.”

Tedford said the reason Sofele didn’t get more reps in games last season as Shane Vereen’s backup is because Vereen was stronger than some of his predecessors and was capable of carrying a big workload.

A coupleĀ other notes:

  • Tedford said he anticipates wide receiver Kaelin Clay will play in the season-opener against Fresno State next Saturday. Clay is moving well and doesn’t appear to be bothered by his knee, which he injured on the first day of training camp and followed with minor surgery.
  • Freshman wide receiver Maurice Harris is another 1-2 weeks away as he recovers from a knee bruise.


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.

  • milo

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I think opposing Defensive Coordinators are licking their chops.

  • GOGO Bears

    Wow. The last time our popular friend used that term “licking his chops” was his prediction of the Cal game vs. ASU:

    “The Arizona State Offensive Coordinator must be licking his chops for today’s game. He has the Pac 10’s second leading QB (behind Matt Barkley!) and he is playing against a team with no pass rush and no DBs. This one could be another rout if ASU gets up early. Look for Cal state to mail it in.No QB U in a battle with ASU to see which team finishes 8th”

    Of course, Cal won the game 50 to 17, and of course the “expert” refuses to comment on his prediction and the actual results.

    Happy New Year’s Eve everyone.

  • 707 Bear

    Buy a ticket and get to the the Fresno game!

    Stop making excuese for not attending.

    Go Bears!

  • ConcordBear

    sc troll = rattled!!!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    How did the 200 fans enjoy the Appreciation Day. That doesn’t sound like a lot of appreciation. LOL

  • Larry

    Actually, I really enjoyed fan day today. Moala was extremely nice and I noticed he was shaking everyone’s hand and thanking them for coming out to fan day. Owusu and Cattouse were really cool too. All the Cal players were friendly, but those three seemed to really enjoy the fan interaction.

    Maynard looks very thin and wiry, but we’ll see what he can do next week. He seems mature.

    Boehm looked yolked for a QB. He physically looks ready, I’m hoping his head gets ready to.

    The other observation was every player seemed to have little body fat on them. They might not be larger then last year, but you can tell they are more ripped, so I guess the strength coach Blasquez is the real deal.

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    How do USC fans appreciate being a disgrace to the new Pac-12 conferences (having been permanently labeled as cheaters)? The conference should have taken this opportunity to replace the corrupt uSC program with an honorable team like Hawaii or Fresno State.

    The Trojans (Cheat on!) are a stain on the new PAC-12 conference.

  • BlueNGold

    When someone predicts the same team to get completely outplayed and overwhelmed in every game it plays, those predictions are worth less than the cost of the electrons used to post them. Really, one has to wonder why the moron even bothers?
    And when that person continually insults and denigrates a school and its athletic program, posting about and trying to make an issue of the number of attendees at its fan appreciation day would seem to be indicative of a rather unhealthy and bizarre obsession or fixation on that person’s part as well. Have you given any thought to having a mental health assessment?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I would like to offer a winner takes all bet. I offer this to GOGO Bears, BlueNGold, MoreSanctionsComing,Will, Larry, and all the other posters who have sought to discredit me or whined and complained to JO that I should be censored and banned. (This also goes for the 50 other sign ins by GOGO Bears aka as Sherm B—-n).

    My offer is this. I predict your team finishes the regular season no better than 5-7 this year. If I am wrong I will leave the board for good.

    If I am right than all of the aforementioned posters leave too but I stay.

    Let’s see who are the cowards amongst you. Step up and be counted. If you do it will be the first time.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    So as a follow up to post #10 sign on by saying in a post “Agreed” and then I will know you is willing to play. It’s all or none i.e. it’s all of you or none of you.

  • jabes

    I have a better idea. How about if you create your own blog. Anyone who has ever replied to you is honor bound to subscribe to your blog and post at least one reply. In exchange, you limit your posting here to one per week reminding us that you can now be reached someplace else.

    Anyone who has replied to you here, but has not posted on your blog, you can call them out here.

    Is that self important enough for you?

  • eric

    Jeez – lovely that nomorencsarecoming has to make the same prediction I did in December, and that S.I. just made; we go 5-7. Really going out on a limb, aren’t you?

    If you actually believe we’re as bad as you consistently say we are, I would have hoped to see a 2-10 or 3-9 prediction – if you are right on something like that, I certainly would leave this blog, and probably any other Cal blog, since it would pointless to spend time following the team unless there was regime change.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    JOxDeletes…and how!!! LOL

    Still no takers?

  • ThisisCal


  • Larry

    I don’t negotiate with idiots.

  • BlueNGold

    Moron- your “bet” is a sham- not unlike you, actually. Most of the preseason polls have Cal around 5-7, so your benchmark would really mean very little if it came to pass. A real, meaningful bet from you would be that Cal loses every game. After all, that is essentially the position you have always taken in all your silly ‘predictions’ over all your many years of trolling here. Of course, if you were to lose, your track record of keeping your word and living up to your promises is pretty pathetic, so I would not hold my breath waiting for your exit.
    But why should we leave this blog if you were to win, anyway? You are not a Cal fan and do not belong here. How can you possibly justify the fact that you keep hanging around anyway? Truth is, you cannot, never did and never will. Anyone other fan would be too embarrassed to spend so much time talking trash on a fan blog for a team he (or she)does not like. We love Cal, are Cal fans and are here legitimately, so why should we have to leave, even if Cal ends up stinking this season? That makes no sense, but, coming from you, that should hardly be a surprise.

  • GOGO Bears

    New Year’s Even rules.

    And how!

  • GOGO Bears

    Moron asked for a poll.
    We gave him results.

    He don’t need anything more.
    We all know he can’t leave here — ten years has shown us he has no place to go.

  • GOGO Bears

    Can fatadvisor be in on the bet? LOL

    And how about the Dean of UC Davis law school?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Here is another prediction.

    JO will delete posts #18-21 soon. LOL.

  • ThisisCal

    I don’t put much stake into what U$C fans say. They are preppy rich kids who could afford to go to Stanfurd, but just weren’t smart enough.

  • BlueNGold

    I predict that at least half of moron’s predictions will be completely wrong.