Football: Tuesday quick hitters

  • Jeff Tedford said he plans on playing freshman running back Brendan Bigelow against Presbyterian. Bigelow has “made the turn” physically, according to Tedford.
  • FB Will Kapp didn’t practice today but is expected to be cleared Wednesday and play Saturday.
  • WR Kaelin Clay is still dealing with an academic issue and has already been ruled out of Saturday’s game.
  • Tedford said Pac-12 coordinator of football officiating Tony Corrente admitted the officiating crew made a mistake by penalizing Trevor Guyton for a personal foul late in the third quarter against Colorado. Guyton tackled Colorado RB Rodney Stewart after Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks already had, but the whistle didn’t blow until an instant before Guyton made contact.

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.

  • Yes, that was no late hit by Guyton. Thankfully that false penalty didn’t matter in the end.

  • HungryBear

    Does that mean they will go back and take away that TD a few plays following the erroneous call? 🙂

    Steward was clearly not down after the first hit. Everybody in the stadium could see that except for the officials.

  • Tony Bologna

    Why waste Bigelow’s blueshirt?

  • After the Auburn-Oregon game where Oregon thought they tackled Dyer and he ran it to the one, officials should give the players a little more leeway in tackling players who bounce up fast. That was a big play, Colorado scored instead of punting, it cost the Bears a chance at putting the game away. BUt they passed the gut check, so in the big picture maybe it was a good thing.

  • covinared

    I was wondering why Bigelow was fully dressed helmet on hanging out near the coaches during the game if he was redshirting. I guess I need to spend the 8 bucks to get the stream to see what all the hype is about.

  • rollonubears

    The pieces are coming together nicely! In the past, it’s been the other way around. Nobody get hurt Saturday! Go Bears.

  • Uh Huh!

    I would also like to hear that the Pac12 officiating has admitted a mistake in not allowing a beautiful one handed catch down the middle by (?) a Cal receiver. That was awesome, and I HATE HATE HATE it when plays are reviewed and the resulting judgment defies all common logic.

    The tuck rule comes to mind.
    Also, the end of that Super Bowl when the Rams beat the Titans. Some dude made a great diving catch, and as he landed the tip of the ball, which was perfectly stopped and held by two strong hands, touched the field. So, they ruled it a drop, even though dude stopped a dart and held onto it 100% the entire way. That probably determined the game’s winner. What a joke!

  • covinared

    I agree on that bogus call on Guyton, but we were helped earlier on the 4th down spot on one of their earlier deep drives.

  • RollOnUBears

    Those two blown calls probably turned a 30-13 rout into a 23-27 Colorado lead. But in the end, it all worked out. Cal hasn’t won a tough game on the road in a long time. That OT is going to go a long way towards molding the team in the character of its leader (Maynard). After years of having QBs (and teams) who imploded under pressure, it’s great to have a tough as nails guy who plays better than his stats. Every time I look at Longsore’s and Riley’s career stats, I’m amazed at how awful they were whenever it really mattered. If Maynard ever gets to 55-60% completion we’ll have a 10 win season…

  • Calduke

    Kaelin Clay = Tevin Carter

  • ScottyBear

    CJ Anderson & Bigelow at tailback is exciting. Put Isi out at slot like his freshman year.

  • calgrizzlybear

    thats a nasty thought cj and bb and then isi outside along ka and jones …nightmare who to cover

  • southseasbear

    Jonathan, any explanation about the call regarding Marvin Jones’s uniform? Is he expected to come off the field before removing his penny vest jersey? What’s the story and why wasn’t it called in the Fresno game?

  • Stay Golden

    I agree with you Scotty Bear, I’m excited about the possibilities Bigelow and Anderson bring to the offense.
    Sofele is better suited as the change of pace, 8-12 touch RB/WR.

  • Jan K Oski

    SouthSeas, you’re not allowed to change numbers on the field of play like Jones did. I have a feeling Tedford didn’t even know that rule, since he was visible upset with the outcome. I have a second feeling that someone will be changing their number by the next game, so this scenario doesn’t happen again.

  • Bobby

    I believe all Marvin has to do is notify the referees that he will change numbers for punts only, and it will be OK. Somewhat analogous to lineman reporting as eligible even though they don’t have 1-20 or 40-89

  • Larry

    1-49 and 80-99.

  • milo

    The officiating wasn’t completely stinky but it was inconsistent and confused. Need improvement here because it could have cost Cal the game. I’m just glad Cal won it outright to avoid a controversy.

  • Steve W


    Nate was awful under pressure in the win at Oregon in 2007 that took Cal to number 2 in the polls? I submit that Nate, when healthy, was one of the most effective quarterbacks at Cal in the last 30 years. He proved it in his sophomore year when when led the team to a 10-win season. And he took Cal to its highest poll ranking ever and a 5-0 start in 2007 before he got injured late in the Oregon game.

    When he was rushed into action too soon after his ankle injury, it just wasn’t the same guy, and all bets were off.

  • South, I believe the issue is Jones didn’t wait until he got to the sideline to change. That’s why it wasn’t an issue against Fresno St. As long as he does it on the sideline, it’s OK.