Football: Sunday practice report

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.”

Other notes:

  • 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 forĀ 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.”


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.

  • Hungry

    It’ll be a big loss if Coley can’t play this weekend!

  • Calduke

    First time I ever heard a face-mask call on the offense. And then, a second time. Is this just a fluke,

  • rollonubears

    it happens. unfortunately, if it can happen in football, it always seems to happen to the bears. this weekend is going to finally give us an idea of where we stand as a football team. i think we can pull it out, but for some reason, the bears always seem to freak out when they play in washington, at either venue. hopefully it being an afternoon game will help. that place is nuts at 7pm.

  • ConcordBear

    Uw qb is getting a ton of love, I heard matt millen on the radio today say he runs better than Locker and is doing some really good things. Hope we get it together Defensively and contain them Saturday.

  • milo

    UW’s WB Price was banged up good against Neb. Reports say he limped off the field. Hope the kid is ultimately okay, but not enough to win against Cal.

  • JMod

    Speaking of the infield dirt at AT&T, assuming the SF Giants don’t make the playoffs, that dirt will be grass by the October 13th for USC right?

  • David

    Heavily doubt it

  • rollonubears

    giants finish up on the 28th. that’s more than two weeks before u$c. is that not enough time for some industrial sod to take? they could staple it down or something, too. anything is better than loose dirt.

  • milo

    I heard the infield will be sodded.

  • PC

    Ticky-tack calls by Pac-12 refs for being reprimanded last week.

  • Just to clarify. If the Giants don’t make the NLCS, the field will be sodded and the dirt will be gone.

  • BlueNGold

    NLCS? How about if they don’t make the first round?