*****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.