Cal went through its Sunday walkthroughs and meetings on a warm afternoon in Strawberry Canyon. While the Bears enjoyed Saturday’s rout of Presbyterian, the prospect of beginning conference play with a tough assignment in Seattle got the Bears re-focused quickly.
“The focus is going into conference play and playing in Seattle where it’s very loud and hostile,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “It’s a tough place to play.”
The obvious storyline this week will be Cal’s quest to avenge the excruciating end to last season, when Washington scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to beat the Bears 16-13 and eliminate Cal from bowl contention. Plenty more on that during the week….
Tedford said he didn’t do much to celebrate becoming the school’s all-time win leader last night, just going home and spending time with his family. He said he received “quite a few” congratulatory calls and texts Saturday night.
“I thought about it for about an hour,” he said. “After that, I’m more thinking about how we reduce our penalties and our blocked kicks.”
- Tedford said safety/special teamer Michael Coley has a sprained foot and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Coley suffered the injury on the opening kickoff but played the entire first half on it. It started to stiffen up at halftime and he sat out the second half. Coley has been one of the Bears’ better special teams players so far.
- Tedford said Giorgio Tavecchio’s short kickoffs were designed squib kicks Saturday. Tavecchio was having problems on the infield dirt at AT&T Park. His plant foot kept slipping so it made more sense to start squibbing it.
- Punter Bryan Anger will continue to use rugby style punts when the situation calls for it, meaning if the opponent appears to be in an aggressive punt block look. “When they’re going to pressure you real hard, you can do that,” Tedford said. “It’s pretty effective, actually.”