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Football: Tuesday practice update

The Bears had a little extra bounce in their step as they resumed practice this morning. After taking their usual Monday off, it was the first of their final three practices before opening the 2011 season Saturday against Fresno State at Candlestick Park.

“As the zone of proximity closes in on gameday, people get a little excited,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “They’ve done a great job all through camp and now there is just a little more pep as far as understanding the game is coming closer.”

As the game gets closer, so does wide receiver Kaelin Clay to playing. Tedford said Clay is “90 percent” and expects him to play unless there is a setback from his recovery from the knee injury he suffered on the first day of training camp.

If Clay is able to go, Tedford likes his depth at wide receiver. That wasn’t the case last year, when Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen were really the only ones providing production. Because of that, the duo saw most of the reps and the Bears avoided using a third receiver more than they have in the past.

Michael Calvin, the Bears’ No. 3 receiver right now, hopes to get on the field more this season.

“I feel like in spring ball and fall camp, I’ve given them a reason to have more confidence throwing a third guy out there,” said Calvin, who stayed healthy all through camp for the first time since his redshirt season in 2007. “Obviously, last year I wasn’t too consistent (13 catches for 147 yards). I didn’t get thrown out there a lot. I think that’s what they wanted to see, and now they have a lot of confidence that they can throw me out there.”

Tedford is downplaying his personal storyline about Saturday’s opener. Obviously, he has a lot of history with Fresno State from his days there as a quarterback and a coach.

“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Tedford said. “It’s not about me. It’s about this year’s team. It’s about the 2011 Bears and our first game. That’s it. It doesn’t mean anything besides that.”

A couple of other notes:

  • Nose tackle Aaron Tipoti, who missed most of training camp with a concussion, is back practicing in full and will play Saturday.
  • Tedford said the team plans to dress about 74 players for the game. Freshman Brendan Bigelow, who is from Fresno, likely will not be one of them.
  • Freshman wide receiver Maurice Harris (knee contusion) is practicing in limited fashion but isn’t as close as Clay to returning.

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.

  • MikeD

    “zone of proximity” really? lol

    nice to see that Tipoti is cleared to clog the middle, hope the head is really clear and that he doesn’t get his bell rung again due to coming back to early

  • MikeD

    and if Calvin can leave the “manos de las piedras” in the locker room this year that would be great

  • Steve W

    Fresno State has an amazing record in their openers and has done remarkably well against BCS opponents over the past several years. I am very concerned that Candlestick will feel more like a Fresno crowd than a Cal crowd. We can only hope the last minute walk-ups favor Cal.

    Does anyone know if the game will be televised in Southern California? I noticed that CSN is on Direct TV Channel 698, but a lot of sports bars in So Cal don’t carry that package. I heard that Busby’s in Santa Monica is a Cal bar that might carry the game, but I would appreciate any intel on where to watch the game.

  • Mr. B

    @ Steve W

    FWIW, The game is not on Cox Cable here in San Diego.
    Either radio or gametracker online appear to be available.

    From the official CalBears.com website:
    Live Coverage
    TV: Comcast SportsNet California – Barry Tompkins (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Dan Dibley (Sideline Reporter)
    Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) – Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott (Postgame Show)
    IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), ^KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
    All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
    Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) – KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) – Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst), Isaac Wolf (Analyst).
    Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on satellite radio on Sirius Premier channel 211 and XM channel 193.
    CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.

  • ConcordBear

    Fresno St. has done a ton of whoofing and their fans are talking a bunch of stuff about how they are coming up here and winning big Saturday.
    Making me sick.
    Can’t wait to see what will go down on the field Saturday at the Stick.
    Where’s Ladner?
    Now that’s a guy that can’t ever get on the field. Maybe Calvin should give him an earful and tell him to stop wasting time and get on the field.
    Hope this Cal team is tough and ready to roll, we’ll know a lot more about the teams prospects Saturday night.
    Go Bears!