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.