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Football: Thursday practice update

Cal wrapped up its preparations for Presbyterian today before having its walkthrough Friday at AT&T Park. Coach Jeff Tedford said at the beginning of the week that he wanted his players to get back to basics, concentrating on details and fundamentals and having a sense of urgency. He said today he thought the Bears were successful in doing that.

“I think we’ve been real focused on details, making sure that we pay attention,” Tedford said. “There’s been a lot of attention to details with everything that we do with fundamentals. That’s what the focus has been.”

Tedford talked a little about the accomodations at AT&T Park. He said the Bears will be on the sideline that runs along the third base line. The configuration of the field has been altered slightly since Cal played there in the Emerald Bowl in 2008.

The biggest change is the fact that there is room for teams to be on opposite sidelines. In the Emerald Bowl, Cal shared the sideline with Miami. The football configuration was moved eight feet toward the third base line, giving more room to the sideline in right field. It also made it safer for players to run through the end zone that is in left field because the left side of the end zone now leads to the open part of the fence where it meets the third base grandstand.

Tedford said there also will be barriers in front of the third base dugout so players won’t tumble over the railing and into the dugout if their momentum carries them that far out of bounds. There also will be netting over the dugout.

Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also spoke with reporters today and it’s clear he wasn’t happy (for obvious reasons) about his unit’s performance against Colorado. He said most of the problems that led to the Buffaloes racking up 582 yards of offense were a product of bad technique and miscommunication.

“I was disappointed with the amount of big plays we gave up,” Pendergast said. “We didn’t give up a lot of big plays last year. That’s one of the things I was proud about last year. We gave up too many on Saturday. We have to get that corrected.”

Pendergast said specifically the big plays by Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson were also a product of what Cal did wrong, not necessarily what Colorado did right.

“It was not proper leverage by the corners or the safeties,” he said. “Whether our guy was expecting help or not expecting help, and it was or wasn’t there, it was because of miscommunication or technique.”

Pendergast said the problems with technique spread throughout the defense, from the defensive line, the linebackers and the secondary.

“It wasn’t really anything that they did that we didn’t anticipate,” he said. “We just played with poor technique. We had some opportunities to get some pressure on the quarterback and we missed them. We had 4 or 5 sacks that we missed throughout the course of the game.”

Pendergast acknowledged that future opponents will probably try to emulate some of the things Colorado did on offense, but said his unit is ready to counter that.

“We have things that would have helped us there that I didn’t necessarily call,” he said. “The game was close so you’re not in as much a risk-taking mode in certain situations. They had a great game plan and I’m sure we’ll see similar game plans. But we have a lot of things that we haven’t showed as well.”

Pendergast confirmed what Tedford said earlier in the week, that there will be no changes to the depth chart in the seconday. Starting cornerback Marc Anthony was beaten several times by Richardson in Saturday’s game.

“We’re going to stick with our left and right corner,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in both those guys. I have a lot of confidence in Marc. Marc just needs to play better. He knows that and we’ve addressed that, and I hope that he will.”

And in the most important development of the day, Tedford said Cal will wear blue jerseys and blue pants on Saturday.

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.

  • Novato Bear

    Thanks JO, indeed, I’ve been wondering what the color scheme will be for the uni’s, thx for nailing that one down, go Bears!

  • David

    Blue on Blue vs the Blue Hose?

    Might as we have painted the field blue too.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I read this on Bear Insider

    The third game in Cal’s 2012 schedule has been announced as a home-home series with Jehovah’s Witness Junior College out of North Dakota.

    HAHAHAHAHA…good one

  • Bobby

    Lol, you read the Bear Insider? Why??? That’s pretty pathetic

    Blue on blue unis. Classic.

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    Jehovah’s Witness Junior College out of North Dakota… hmmm.

    I wonder if JWJCND a legitimate, respectable program or if it’s one of those cheating schools like U$C that is having its scholarships stripped, its wins vacated, and its bowl participation restricted.

    I wonder if JWJCND is a disgrace to their conference the way U$C is a disgrace to the Pac-12.

  • Boaltblue

    MoreNCsarenotcoming:

    What is more laughable is USC’s lost to 49-point underdog Stanford, or USC’s impotence in the State of Oregon against the Oregon schools for so many years.

    Now those are great laughs based on reality.

  • Cre8tivguy

    Don’t feed The Troll.

  • calgrizzlybear

    whats wrong with bear insider ? just curious

  • Will

    Nothing, if you’re a Cal fan that reads it.

  • Stay Golden

    It’s good to hear Pendergast’s take on the defense although I’m not sure I like “it’s not what they did but what we didn’t do” comment. Sometimes you have to tip your cap and move on, at least publicly.

  • Rocko

    So you READ it on BI. Well you didn’t POST there did you AMY! Why not? Because you are banned at BI just like you should be banned here!

  • mack

    word from one of the equipment managers as of this afternoon was blue over gold for tomorrow.

  • GOGO Bears

    The troll can read Bear Insider but not post on it. They banned his lonely-hearts self a long time ago, after he cried and begged to be allowed on. But they took a poll, and he was gone!

    Happy New Year’s Everyone!
    Happy Law School Graduation Everyone!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    That wasn’t me on Bear Insider. You got the wrong person.

    Why don’t you post the link to the thread and point out which one is you. At least that identification won’t be missed.

    BTW you wouldn’t know who oldblue71 is on SF Gate would you? It kind of appeared out of nowhere and then got 4 straight posts removed. HAHAHAHA…that appears to be a dead giveaway.

  • GOGO Bears

    Like I said — the troll can’t post on BI.

    And morencsarecoming can’t post on We Are SC.

    Kinda sad when your own team punks you.

  • JLC

    Technique doesn’t matter if the WR guy is faster than your guy………..Williams did a great job closing him down twice…..