Junior center/guard Mark Brazinski suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee this week, will undergo surgery and miss the 2012 season, coach Jeff Tedford said after Saturday’s spring workout.
Backup tailback C.J. Anderson dislocated his thumb in practice and likely will undergo surgery. Tedford said he’s probably done for the spring.
The Bears, in fact, are experiencing a little epidemic with hand injuries. Center Chris Adcock was snapping left-handed Saturday because he broke his right hand.
Linebacker Jalen Jefferson broke his hand during Saturday’s workout, tight end Spencer Hagan suffered a broken hand earlier in the week and offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee the same.
None of them will impact next season, aside from Brazinski, who already has used his redshirt season and will return as a senior in 2013.
Otherwise, Tedford was pleased with the Bears’ padded practice.
“A lot of great things. We were able to be physical. There’s a lot to learn from, from the tape,” Tedford said. “The defense has a lot in, so the offensive line needs to gel a little bit. Some guys made some plays, everybody was really physical running to the ball. For the most part we took care of the football. I thought there was a lot of really good effort. A lot of excitement.”
Highlights included No. 2 quarterback Allan Bridgford’s touchdown pass to Jackson Bouza, who made a nice catch in traffic. With his dad — former Cal wideout Matt Bouza — on hand, Jackson spiked the ball, prompting a barrage of yellow penalty flags from the referees.
“That was a great catch,” Tedford said.
Senior Zach Maynard showed himself to be consistently the best of the Bears’ five quarterbacks. Senior tailback Isi Sofele, who doesn’t need the work anyway, tweaked a hamstring early in practice and was held out of scrimmaging.
That gave sophomore Brendan Bigelow the chance to do more and he delivered a nice performance.
“I thought he grew up a lot today. These things are going to be great for him,” Tedford said. “You could just tell he was in a lot of traffic, he’s learning to plant and put his pads down and get through the holes.
“He got excited today, broke some tackles, kept spinning and churning and got up with a lot of enthusiasm. He’s competing hard and learning.”
Senior Vince D’Amato, taking over the placekicking duties, hit a couple field goals and drew praise from Tedford.
The Bears wrap up their spring workouts on April 21 at Edwards Stadium with an event open to the public.