Football: Bears winding down Berkeley workouts

The Bears were practicing Sunday for the second of three days in a row before cutting the players loose for a pre-holiday break. The team will reconvene in San Diego on Dec. 23 to begin final preparations for the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl against Texas.

Coach Jeff Tedford was pleased Saturday with his team following a week of final exams that limited time on the field.

“Got a lot of good work done. A lot of Texas work,” he said after practice.

Even during the slow time, when practices were limited in number for a couple weeks, Tedford said players continued to lift and run and strength coach Mike Blasquez provided regular updates on their status.

“The message that’s coming back from him is their legs are back, they’re fresh, they’re explosive,” he said.

“Again, (you have) to manage that and make sure you keep it that way while getting enough work in, being physical, and doing the things you need to do to be prepared.”

Tedford said all three practices through Monday would be hard, physical workouts in full pads. There will be another couple of those early in San Diego before they back off a bit.

— Finals are over and Tedford said he is confident his players got through OK.

“We work really hard with that in making sure they’re prepared and doing the things they need to do,” he said. “But yeah, you’re always concerned to make sure people are finishing strong.

“Especially now with the new NCAA rule, you have to pass nine units in the fall and in the spring. It used to be just a combination that got you to 18. It’s always a real anxious time.”

— After watching videotape on the Longhorns, Tedford confirmed that they are pretty much what he anticipated.

“Nothing surprising,” he said. “It’s what you expect to see from a Texas team. Very talented, physical, lot of great athletes running around the field, a lot of team speed.”

A lot of that talent is on defense, where the Longhorns have seven players who earned first- or second-team all-Big 12 honors.

— Texas coach Mack Brown has said he expects to use both sophomore Case McCoy  and freshman David Ash at quarterback against the Bears. Tedford said preparation is unaffected by that.

“They both can do the same thing,” he said. “You have to get ready for the offense, not so much a person.”

McCoy, younger brother of ex-Longhorns star Colt McCoy, has passed for 1,034 yards, completing 61 percent of his attempts. He has seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

Ash has thrown for 934 yards, completing 56 percent with three touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s considered the much better runner.

McCoy took most of the snaps in the past two games, although he had mixed results in the 48-24 loss to Baylor, throwing for 356 yards and three touchdowns, but threw four picks after going all season without one.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ScottyBear

    Not too many Cal fans pictured the Bears having any bowl chances this year. Texas in a prime time major bowl? They say these bowl games are really the first game of next season, and I like our late season momentum v. Texas’ collapse for this one. Recruiting catching fire, the new stadium taking shape, and a victory over Mack Brown – here we come! Go Bears!!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    CFN has always been the best at giving end of the year awards. Here is what they said.

    2011 CFN Offensive Player of the Year
    QB Matt Barkley, Jr. USC
    308-446, 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns, seven interceptions, two rushing touchdowns

    Top Performance.
    1)Nov. 26 – USC QB Matt Barkley was nearly perfect in the Trojans’ 50-0 rout of crosstown rival UCLA, going 35-of-42 for 423 yards, six touchdowns and no picks.
    3) Sept. 3 – USC WR Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns,

    Top Freshman – WR Marqise Lee, USC

    The Best Pac-12 Players of 2011
    1. QB Matt Barkley, Jr. USC
    2. RB LaMichael James, Jr. Oregon
    3. QB Andrew Luck, Jr. Stanford
    4. WR Robert Woods, Soph. USC
    5. OT Matt Kalil, Jr. USC

    Fight On!

  • Easy Ed

    Wow what a team. I can’t wait to see them in a bowl game over the holidays…………ooops I forgot, NO BOWL FOR YOU!

  • ScottyBear

    Moron: You win. Hands down you win. Despite our collective efforts to convince you otherwise, you have 100% proven without a doubt here that you absolutely have no life. Congratulations. Now go buy yourself a new pair of boxers to wear on New Year’s Eve in front of your computer.

  • covinared

    Khalil gone, Perry gone, Barkley and Mcdonald likely to go. scholarships limited to 15 for next three years. 75 overall. no bowl game second year in a row.

  • BlueNGold

    Who says CFN has always been the best at giving out end of the year awards? Besides the troll, whose opinions are worthless? When the troll has a life and some accomplishments to show for it, its opinions might be worthy of limited consideration. Until then, who cares?

  • jabes

    If I want information on SC or other Pac12 teams, I will go to a different blog.