Football: Tuesday practice update

Maybe it’s because there are no weekly press conferences this season, or maybe it’s because Cal is 3-0, or maybe it’s because the Bears start Pac-12 conference play this week, but there seemed to be an extra buzz at practice today. There was probably more media than after any practice this season, as the Bears got preparations into full swing for Saturday’s visit to Husky Stadium.

Some of Jeff Tedford’s comments today were similar what he told a smaller group of reporters Sunday night. It’s clear the Bears are well-aware of how hard it is to win at Husky Stadium — their last couple of trips there is evidence enough. It’s also clear the Bears know Washington’s offense is explosive with guys like running back Chris Polk and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

New quarterback Keith Price has replaced first-round draft pick Jake Locker, and although he is playing through a pair of balky knees, he is tied for the national lead with 11 touchdown passes.

“He can do a lot of the same things (as Locker),” Tedford said. “He’s mobile enough. He’s just not as big or physical, so he doesn’t run through as many tackles as Jake could. Jake was a big, physical guy with great speed. But Keith can run with the ball. He’s athletic and he’s very accurate throwing it.”

Price sprained his right knee in Washington’s season opener against Eastern Washington. That is just about healed, but he then sprained his left knee Saturday at Nebraska. He told Seattle reporters it’s only about 40-50 percent healthy but vowed to play against the Bears.

Tedford said both backup running backs C.J. Anderson and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson “should play” against the Huskies. Anderson is the clear No. 2 back as of now. And, of course, Brendan Bigelow needs to be worked into the mix somewhere.

Here are Cal’s weekly game notes for Washington.


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.

  • pasadena dave

    JO – what’s the story on no tues pressers? Is that a JT decision? I thought all coaches had a sun Monday or Tue press conf.

  • Calduke

    Bears pick up a recruit – Safety??

  • The more I watch CJ Anderson the more I like what I see. I would love to see him split series with Isi up at the U-duuhh, whoops I mean U-dumb, dang it I meant U-dub. 😉
    Go Bears! muzzle the dawgs!

  • Dave, the decision was made not to have them just for this season because of the construction going on. There isn’t a good place to have them. They could have done them in the same room as last year but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense because the room was too small to bring in multiple players. You can actually get better access after practice. The media was asked what they wanted to do. I, for one, preferred not to have them this year because I could get more players/coaches after practice then at a press conference. I’m pretty sure they’ll go back to having them next season because the high-performance center will be up and running. I know they have a press conference room in the new facility.