Football: Wednesday practice update

*****UPDATED WITH THE BOUZA INFO (sorry about that. Lost some copy there)*****

The Bears continued their preparation for Colorado this morning. Wide receiver Kaelin Clay was not present, and it’s looking pretty doubtful that he will play Saturday. Jeff Tedford once again said Clay is dealing with an “academic issue.” When asked if it could keep him out long-term, Tedford said: “I don’t know.”

“Right now, he’s not playing,” Tedford said.

Even if Clay were somehow to return to practice tomorrow, it’s not likely he would play seeing as he missed the first two days of the week.

The Clay situation cropped suddenly and mysteriously. He had worked hard to recover from the knee injury he suffered on the first day of training camp, and as of Thursday morning was all systems go to play against Fresno State. But Clay wasn’t at Candlestick Park for the game Saturday.

Fullback Will Kapp once again was on the sidelines today as he recovers from a concussion. Tedford labeled him as “questionable,” but given that he emphasized they are going to take it slow with Kapp, it doesn’t seem likely he will play, either.

Safety Sean Cattouse, on the other hand, wore a yellow jersey, meaning he practiced without contact. Cattouse had a minor concussion but all signs point to him playing Saturday.

Punter Bryan Anger did not have the boot on his left foot anymore today and appears to be fine for the game.

Wide receiver Jackson Bouza had his cast removed. He broke a finger in camp (and had been playing well). Tedford hopes to be able to “ball him up” (wrap his hand so he can play). Today was his first day without the cast but “he’s getting closer,” Tedford said.

Tedford said he was surprised that Giorgio Tavecchio missed two extra points on Saturday. “He hasn’t shown that up to date, so it was surprising,” Tedford said. “It’s just something he has to get back to form.”

The Bears aren’t piping in crowd noise for road games like they have in the past, but are playing music “as loud as we can play it without the neighbors getting irritated.” Just another example of the difference practicing at Witter Rugby Field compared with Memorial Stadium. “It’s not as loud as we used to have it down at the stadium,” he said.

When asked if any neighbors have complained, he said: “Not yet.”

Wednesdays will be the day each week the press speaks with quarterback Zach Maynard. After watching the game film, Maynard gave himself the same rating as he did immediately after Saturday’s game: 4 1/2 or 5 out of 10.

“It was about what I thought,” Maynard said. “It’s a lot of mental stuff. It was stuff we shouldn’t be doing. It was the first game — getting the jitters out.”

Maynard was primarily in the shotgun Saturday but said he doesn’t expect the offense to be that way in general. He said he’s equally comfortable behind center or in the shotgun.

Saturday obviously will be Maynard’s first road game at Cal and should be the biggest crowd he’s played in front of as a college quarterback. At Buffalo, he typically didn’t play at big venues. His big game against Pittsburgh in 2009 (400 yards passing, 4 TD passes) was played at Buffalo.




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.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I liked this quote by Rodgers as he slams his own teammate Clay Matthews.

    “I don’t like to watch him in pregame, because I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Rodgers said of Matthews. He loves to play to the camera, and he wants to say as much bizarre, crazy stuff as he can. I like to tease him about being Hollywood, and he tries to do the same thing to me. The difference between him and I is that I’m from Northern California and I act like it, and he’s from Southern California, and he acts like it.”

    “…The difference between him and I..” HAHAHAHAHA. That’s what clustering will do to you.

  • southseasbear

    What about Jackson Bouza?

  • House

    Yeah JO what’s up with the subliminal Jackson Bouza shout out?

  • Easy Ed

    Hey Moron,

    Will “clustering” make a running back murder his wife and her boyfriend?

  • covinared

    he should have taken usc’s bread and butter football major, “speech communications”.

  • BadBill

    What about preparing for the altitude? Are they getting there early to do so?

  • Tru Dat

    Good point, Easy Ed, with just one correction (we don’t want to give it any reason to respond, do we?)–

    Ron Gould wasn’t Nicole’s boyfriend. He was just a friend who was also the waiter at the restaurant where she ate dinner earlier that final day. She left her glasses behind and Ron, being the good friend that he was, went over to her condo to return them to her (you know, save her a trip)…

    He was at the wrong place at the wrong time when that murderous former $C player decided to nearly decapitate both of them.

  • MikeD

    cmon guys, leave the troll alone and focus on Bear football. blog is becoming more and more difficult to read with all you engaging her

  • calfaninaz

    so my post gets erased?..but not the trolls…i see.

    football wise. i hope Clay gets his academics figured out. with tevin carter out of the picture and marv, calvin, edmond all graduating…next year is starting to scare me at the WR position.

  • Will

    It’s actually kind of hilarious that the queen of grammatical errors is correcting a grammatical error.

  • rollonubears

    i’m starting to get confused about our WR situation. seems like we’ve got about 12 guys, most of whom are either hurt or ineligible, and all of whom are competing for the #3 spot. what’s the deal? marvin and keenan are the top 2 guys, then what? maybe this is a good question for the live chat, if i get time.

  • rotfogel

    Cal needs to recruit, assuming he’s eligible, Diante Jackson, whom may be as good as Keenan Allen. He’s playing at DVC right now and I’ve seen that guy play, he’s a great WR but I’m not sure if he’s got all his marbles upstairs.

  • Bobby

    Rollon, actually it appears Michael Calvin is in a great position to lock up the #3 spot now that Clay will have to sit out at least the first two games.

    So, the only question is who plays as the #4 option when cal goes into an empty set. Tedford/Kiesau could always decide to use Miller out wide, along with one of the running backs. Also, some of the frosh receivers, or Ladner once he returns from injury, can make a push

  • Jan K Oski

    Marbles precisely, Rotfogel… If the kid was an academic casualty with Tricky Chip at Oregon, it ain’t likely he could meet the standards at Cal.

  • BR

    Bouza Issue: This wide receiver must be legit if we are talking about “balling-up” his hand in a soft cast and expect him to play at a position where hands are everything.

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    I liked this quote by O.J. Simpson (U$C Alum):

    “I didn’t do it.”

  • LB

    If you are a real Bears fan then there is no reason why you should be confused about the WR depth chart. Know your team. Know your players. Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen, #3 Michael Calvin (If Kealin Clay is not playing), #4 Coleman Edmond. It’s very simple!

  • Terrance

    CAL 28

    Colorado 17

  • 2x Gldn

    Ignore MoreNCS. It lives for the engagement. Download the GreaseMonkey script for FireFox (didn’t try it for IE) and be free forever. All of its posts will be blocked. It’s awesome!