Football: Tuesday quick hitters

  • Jeff Tedford and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast both said today that freshman cornerback Stefan McClure is going to start getting more playing time. Pendergast said “we’re just going to commit to playing him.” That means playing him at corner and at nickel. Pendergast said it will become a three-man rotation at corner with McClure, Steve Williams and Marc Anthony. “He is a guy that we’ve identified that’s going to be out there a lot for the rest of the games.”
  • OLB Ryan Davis missed practice with an arm contusion, but Tedford said he should be back for the Oregon game with no problem. The bye week obviously gives any injured players more time to get healthy.
  • With the bye week, Pendergast expects OLB Dave Wilkerson to be close to 100 percent by the Oregon game. Wilkerson has been limited the past few weeks with an ankle injury. That being said, freshmen Chris McCain and Cecil Whiteside will continue to see extended playing time at outside linebacker. “All three of those guys are works in progress,” Pendergast said. “They are developing young players that just need to play. They are good athletes with good upside. They just need to continue to play and learn by trial and error.”
  • Pendergast on the defense so far this season: “We need to play better, obviously. We’re giving up too many yards and too many big plays.”

More later….


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.

  • Bears

    I think a lot of McClure as a player and am excited he’s going to be on the field more. He has tremednous potential and hope he’s ready to start showing it. Our D needs to pick it up.
    Wilkerson, need that guy to make plays, so far he has not done much. OLB development is a key to this season. Is Forbes going to play at all this year? He was a much hyped guy who got his feet wet as a true frosh last year.
    JO, what’s up with Galas at center? Is anyone pushing him for PT? Need better play from the whole OL but especially Center.
    TE’s need that position to play better too.
    Come one Bears

  • Frank

    Galas had an outstanding game besides the one and only bad snap.He is a tenacious,physical player.Nobody on the o-line can drive block as well as Galas.You may want to watch some of the guard play,and then you may have something to complain about.

  • calgrizzlybear

    and whos idea was it to start campo on a bad ankle??? that was not a good idea on sat hope they get that figured out by thrus

  • Boaltblue

    Per: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/story/_/id/7028640/pac-12-reprimands-usc-trojans-matt-barkley-comments

    University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Tuesday for comments made to the Los Angeles Times last week, in which he called Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict a “dirty player.”

    * * *

    While most winning quarterbacks prepared for bowl games last winter, Barkley spent his winter break on a humanitarian church trip to Nigeria.


    Reprimand this year.

    And no bowl game last year?

    I wonder why . . . .

  • Jake

    “Tedford said the Bears’ failure to score on two running plays on the cusp of the end zone with the game on the line Saturday at Washington wasn’t a matter of bad play calling but failed execution”

    Pretty typical JT. Won’t admit that play calling was bad. If you had called the right play, we would have scored. He just doesn’t have the guts to take the blame. Sad, because he can have the most wins at CAL, but he won’t take us to the next level.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    The defense looks very promising to me, a lot of youth and a lot of talent. Remember Syd getting burned badly in Tennessee? The young guys will make mistakes, but it will be worth it in the long run.