Cal is back practicing on Sundays this season. Last season, the Bears switched it up and the players took Sundays off. This season, the schedule is back to what it’s been in the past — the team congregates late Sunday afternoon to watch film, work out and have meetings, then has Monday off.
Jeff Tedford wasn’t available tonight, but had a chance to talk with a handful of players. For the most part, the same message was repeated — there are a lot of mistakes to clean up but they are happy with the win and can see the potential of the team.
Running back Isi Sofele had a career-high 24 carries last night — his previous career-high was 13. Not surprisingly, he was a little more sore this morning than usual.
“I woke up this morning and tried to stand up and felt all of my sores and pains,” he said. “I”m more sore than I’ve been.”
Sofele also had some interesting comments about his reaction when Zach Maynard was picked off on his first pass attempt of the game:
“I usually get mad when quarterbacks throw picks, but when Zach threw it I just dusted it off and went out there the next series and we just drove it down their throat. I have a lot of faith in Zach. It was different for me because I usually get mad.
“I know he can handle a mistake like that. He didn’t get mad. He just walked off the field and was like, ‘It’s all good.’ He looked at the O-line and told them that we’ll get it. He gives a lot of confidence to the rest of the team just to know that the quarterback has that much confidence.”
More from Sofele:
- On his lost fumble in the end zone that resulted in a Fresno State touchdown: “It went over the quarterback’s head and the first thing I saw was the ball. I tried to grab it and do something with it. I should have taken a knee or threw the ball out of there. When I came out, I was like, ‘Dang, I should have thrown that ball.’ But I did what I did and it was a mistake to learn from.”
- On carrying 24 times: “It let everybody know that I could actually do it. I came out there and played physical and did what I needed to do.”