In most years, Cal uses the bye week to let its scout team players work with the offense and defense and let its injured regulars heal up. But with a Thursday game following, the Bears don’t feel like they have the luxury to do that.
So today was the only practice between now and Oct. 6 that won’t focus on Oregon. The Bears held a “fundamentals” practice today where they concentrated on the basics. Starting tomorrow, the game plan for the Ducks will be installed and the Bears will prepare for Oregon in earnest.
Cal had its usual day off today, and even though it’s a bye week, the Bears will practice as usual, going Tuesday through Thursday. But there will be a major difference between this bye week and most bye weeks. In most years, the Bears would use the bye week to get scout team players more work and hold a scrimmage among the younger players. But with a Thursday game coming up next week at Oregon and a lot to work on, especially defensively, the Bears will focus on the present rather than the future.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend. That means the Bears can play the rest of their home games at AT&T Park as planned. Had the Giants advanced to the National League Championship Series, Cal would have had to move its Oct. 13 game against USC to another venue, most likely Candlestick Park.
A sampling of what was heard outside Cal’s locker room following Saturday’s 31-23 loss at Washington:
HEAD COACH JEFF TEDFORD
On settling for field goals in the red zone:
“When you get in the red zone, you’d like to come away with touchdowns. We had some opportunities down there and it comes down to making plays. In tight games against good opponents in our conference, you have to come away with touchdowns more than field goals, and we didn’t today.”
Arizona forward Kevin Parrom was shot while visiting his mother in New York City this weekend. The report from the Arizona Daily Star is that Parrom is OK.
Here are statements release this evening by the U of A:
From director of athletics Greg Byrne:
“We are aware that Kevin Parrom went home this weekend to visit his mother, who
is in the hospital. While in New York City, he was the victim of a shooting. Rest assured, Kevin’s well being is our primary concern.”
From basketball coach Sean Miller:
“I have been in contact with Kevin and his family throughout the weekend and look
forward to his return to Tucson and being back in class this week. Our focus is
on Kevin’s health right now. Once we have more information, we’ll be able to
address his potential return to team activities.”
Here’s a report from the Arizona Daily Star.
First downs: Cal 18, Wash 17
Total yards: Cal 350, Wash 303
Rushing: Sofele 17-92, Polk 13-34, 1 TD.
Passing: Maynard 16-26-0 261, 1 TD; Price 16-21-0 211, 2 TD.
Receiving: Allen 5-130, 1 TD; Jones 5-65, Seferian-Jenkins 3-48, 2 TD.
Tackles: Kendricks 11, Dennison 8.