I talked with coach Jeff Tedford today for some season preview stuff I’m working on and we also discussed some personnel updates following the final scrimmage yesterday:
Yesterday’s scrimmage signaled the end of training camp. Cal now won’t practice again until Thursday. That will be the Bears first practice of the regular season. Game planning for Fresno State will commence and scout teams will be formed.
Cal held its second and final scrimmage of training camp today. Unfortunately, I don’t have too much to report on it because not only was the scrimmge closed to the media, there was no media access with any coaches or players afterward.
According to a tweet by backup defensive back C.J. Moncrease, the scrimmage was held at Candlestick Park, where the Bears will play Fresno State in their opener on Sept. 3.
The next couple of days will be busy for Cal’s players, as they move out of the Claremont Hotel (where they have been staying for about a week) and into their dorms or apartments. Classes for the fall semester begin Thursday.
Now the question is whether the final scrimmage settled all of the remaining depth chart questions, especially if Allan Bridgford is indeed the second-string quarterback, what is the depth on the defensive line and who is the starting linebacker opposite David Wilkerson. We will soon find out.
Here’s a sampling of what was said during interviews for my feature that ran today about Jeff Tedford re-uniting with some of his old coaches this season:
COACH JEFF TEDFORD
On the effect it has had so far:
“I just think there is a lot of clarity on offense. We’re really used to each other. There is a comfort level there and a communication level there that’s really high.
“2011 Cal Football Preview” airs on Comcast SportsNet California tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The show features a sit-down interview with coach Jeff Tedford, a feature on the family flavor with quarterback Zach Maynard, his brother Keenan Allen and cousin Maurice Harris (both receivers). It also features linebacker Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt being mic’d up during a recent practice.
Ensuing replays of the show are:
- Aug. 24, 3 p.m.
- Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m.
- Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
- Aug. 27, 6 p.m.
- Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m.
- Aug. 31, 3 p.m.
- Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m.
Here’s a feature story I wrote for today’s paper, focusing on Jeff Tedford re-uniting with his old staff this season.
Here’s my notebook from today, focusing on defensive back Josh Hill and how he overcame academic troubles in the spring.
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.
Cal beat the Danish national team for the second time in less than 24 hours, closing its five-game tour of northern Europe with a 95-78 victory at Copenhagen on Sunday. It was the biggest scoring output of the trip for the Bears, who finished with a 4-1 record.
Coach Mike Montgomery used a different starting lineup in this one, going with Robert Thurman, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.
Thurman, the junior walk-on center who scored 21 points the day before, led the Bears with 17. Kravish contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, getting ample playing time as frontcourt starters Harper Kamp (knee) and Richard Solomon (scratched eye) sat out the game.
Crabbe scored 13 points, walk-on Jeff Powers had 10, Gutierrez scored nine, Cobbs matched eight points with eight assists, Brandon Smith scored seven points, Christian Behrens six, Emerson Murray five and Alex Rossi three.
Here’s a story from this morning’s editions on Allen Crabbe off interviews I did before the team left the Bay Area for Europe.