Football: Tuesday practice update

Once again it was a strange feeling today to wrap up a week of practice on a Tuesday, but that’s what the Bears did for the second week in a row as they get ready for Thursday’s showdown against USC. Cal will have a walkthrough at AT&T Park tomorrow evening before spending the night in San Francisco and playing the game on Thursday.

Obviously, a lot was asked this week about last year’s game in which Cal fell behind 42-0 at the half and lost 48-14. The Bears have been trying to balance using that feeling as motivation while still putting it behind them and focusing on this year’s team and this year’s game.

“I’ve never been in a game like that where it got away so early,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “They made every play they could possibly make and we didn’t. It got away from us early. That was definitely a long day. We definitely want to make sure that doesn’t happen again, that we start fast. That’s going to be key.”

¬†Wide receiver Marvin Jones said the Bears should use last year’s showing against USC as a learning experience.

“It reiterated to us that we have to come out on all cylinders and play like that for four quarters,” he said. “At halftime, it was more a feeling of surprise, of us trying to figure out what were the things that led us to that point. We can take that game, especially the first half, and use it as motivation going into this year’s game.”

Quarterback Zach Maynard wasn’t with the team yet last year and said he didn’t watch it because he was doing homework. But half-brother Keenan Allen told him all about it.

“The defensive guys are really upset,” Maynard said. “They want to get back at Woods. They want to shut him down.”

Safety Sean Cattouse said last year’s game serves as motivation but it only one of many reasons to get up for this game.

“It’s a new season and all about us this year, just doing things right this year,” he said. “You want to get ramped up to get the taste out of our mouth from last year. It’s a motivation, but it’s probably not the biggest thing.”

A few other nuggets:

  • Tedford hadn’t heard too much about the firing of Arizona coach Mike Stoops but offered this reaction: “It’s part of the business. You hate to see it happen anytime, somebody you know or somebody you don’t know.”
  • When asked who the third cornerback would be if Marc Anthony can’t go Thursday and Stefan McClure starts alongside Steve Williams, Tedford said redshirt freshman Adrian Lee is “one of” the candidates.
  • Thursday marks the halfway point of the season and Cal will be playing just its second home game at AT&T Park.¬†“We’re going back to somewhere that’s supposed to be familiar but it’s really not,” Tedford said. “We’ve only been there once. Once we’ve played a couple games there, it will probably feel a little more like home.”


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.

  • Boaltblue

    Cover like Syd’Quan.

    Hit like Marcus Ezeff.

    Pursue like Thomas DeCoud.

    Punish like Zack Follett.

    Sack the QB like Tyson Alualu.

    Stuff the runner like Desmond Bishop.

    Play with the heart of Mike Mohammed.

    Do not fear anyone. Slay the Trojans.

  • Cre8tivguy

    How did Cal not recruit the little brother of Aaron Rogers? I didn’t even know he had a little brother, but there he is, playing in the SEC for Vandy.

  • Cre8tivguy

    What’s the update on Zach? Is his contusion all better?

  • Pc

    Make a deal with MoreNCs? If we win you can’t come back for a year.

  • David

    Please stop calling them half-brothers.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    To #4

    I will accept your deal if you will accept mine.

    USC wins and the following posters (along with their other sign ins) leave this blog.


    In addition the following will also leave other blogs…


    Oooops. I forgot. They have been blocked.

    Well you can’t have it all.

  • MikeD

    While I still have the joy of not being able to see her trolling trash, and I still dislike seeing people respond to Amy, that did make me laugh. Well done Rollon

    Another vote to quit beating the horse that is the ‘half-brother’ thing, we all know it, and the shelf life has expired.

  • Uh Huh!

    I recall a couple years ago you asked people to ignore certain people in hopes they would just go away. Well, that has not happened. There’s as much instigation as anything. So, it appears to me that some readers (not me) seem to be drawn to this blog for the chatter amongst the characters, rather than the news updates you provide. In other words, people like to trash talk as much as analyze what’s going on on the field. Too bad.

  • BlueNGold

    moron, your deal is one sided and stinks. But then, consider the source…

  • MoreNCsarecoming


    And this is exactly what I have been saying for a number of years. There are posters on this blog who have posted not one single post with football related content. Why? Because they are not on here for that purpose. I am not the one who trashes this blog. I respond when prompted and I correct when there is error (and that is quite often the case). However I prefer to talk football and always have.

    Here’s a clue. The reason why there is so much trash talk amongst your fans can be determined by a number of reasons. 1) These fans have little (and sometimes no) football interest. 2) The performance and direction of your football program is so poor at the moment that the fans would rather trash because they have nothing good to speak about. If you want a perfect case in point go to Bear Insider. This is the USC game. This is your beloved Joe Roth week but the majority of the posts are about what a pathetic job your AD has done bringing your program to the edge of despair.

    I will stay focused on football just as long as the fans here do the same. However that is an impossible task for some here since they never have and never will have any substance to pull from.

  • Pdxoski

    When a law school career is derailed
    It’s a sign of parenting failed
    But there are no explanations
    For all the rules violations
    Of a school yet again to be nailed

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    Deals with the Moren are useless.

    She has no honor (like U$C) and will welch on any deal she makes.

    A few months ago she made a deal to leave here if voted off by everyone on a particular thread. The result was unanimous, everyone voted for her to leave. Once this happened she ignored the deal she made and stayed like it never happened.

    No, there is no deal that will get rid of the dishonest troll because she will not honor any deal she makes. The only way she will go is if she is banned by site administration.

  • Chuck

    Cal’s annual Joe Roth game is tomorrow. Check-out: joeroth12.com and read his story. Then, you’ll understand why Cal honors him annually…go Bears!

  • Pdxoski

    Moron actually had post #12 but it mysteriously went on a walkabout.

  • PC


    A deal having Cal fans leave a Cal blog is stupid. This is our house and you’re the (annoying) guest.

    You’re clearly the outsider here. The deal is for you to leave. A fair deal, for your part, would be for trolls on $C blogs to leave $C blogs. I’m fine with that if you’re able to bring them into the fold.

  • Will

    I’m more of a god-fearing individual than moren ever has been, so I wish him the best and hope that he seeks the help that he needs…