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Football: How those freshmen receivers are looking, and other notes from training camp

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 10:45 pm in Football.

Had the chance to attend practice Tuesday — one of the dates opened to reporters.

Keep in mind, it was Day 4. They were in helmets, but don’t get into full pads until Wednesday. “It’ll be more like real football,” coach Jeff Tedford said.

In other words, don’t make too much of what’s happened so far.

To answer the question: The freshman wideouts look, well, like talented, inexperienced, explosive, inconsistent freshmen.

Bryce Treggs seems to play with flair and confidence, and looks quite promising. Darius Powe has great size — appears to be every bit the 6-foot-3, 212 pounds listed on the roster. Kenny Lawler, Chris Harper and Cedric Dozier have had their moments.

On the other hand, there were stretches Tuesday where it seemed like no one caught a pass. Again, Tedford opted not to read too much into it.

“You’ve got a couple routes that were run wrong and young guys knowing their depth of routes, so on and so forth,” he explained.

Here’s my camp notebook, leading off with a not-so-optimistic update on the status of sophomore cornerback Stefan McClure.

A few other notes:

– Redshirt freshman linebacker Jason Gibson broke his right foot in practice Monday and will be out about three months, Tedford said. He suffered two or three fractures, but probably won’t need surgery.

– Tedford said that Penn State transfer Khairi Fortt has seen Cal’s medical people, who report the junior linebacker has no structural damage after surgery on his knee last spring. Fortt was on the sidelines Tuesday and likely be able to begin practicing in about two weeks.

– Freshman defensive back Jeffrey Coprich will be out a couple weeks after breaking his jaw.

– Junior defensive lineman Austin Clark still is rehabbing a broken right foot he suffered during a summer drill. He’s likely out about two more weeks.

– Redshirt freshman wide receiver Joel Willis has been moved to defensive back.

– Quarterback Zach Maynard and defensive linemen Mustafa Jalil and Viliami Moala both missed the first hour of practice to attend summer school, which ends Friday. Running back Isi Sofele and defensive linemen Deandre Coleman and Keni Kaufusi were absent entirely because of classes.  

 

 

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  • Will

    Great to hear about Fortt. Adding a guy with experience playing at the top level will be huge for our squad next year.

  • ConcordBear

    Too bad about Gibson, is aproxamite timetable and seems like a long time. What are chances he plays 2nd half of season?
    Can’t wait to hear about how things looks now that they put on pads today. Hope

  • rollonubears

    Tedford’s MO is to immediately drop the injured player to the bottom of the depth chart and then make him work his way all the way up, so don’t plan on seeing gibson this year, no matter how talented he is. Same thing happened with MSG on the offensive line. Unless the guy’s a proven nfl prospect, he has little chance of seeing the field again after a major injury.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Hmm, posts not posting. Well, Go Bears.

  • Juancho

    I was a pretty good wideout in high school PE in my day.

  • daredevilfan

    You were probably a 2 star recruit.

  • Juancho

    I am a good example of how star ratings are meaningful. I had the heart. Just lacked the skill and intangibles and heart and desire and drive. I was a zero star.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Juancho, you might have been a 0-star but you were in the ESPN 15000

  • Juancho

    Hahaha thats a good one nor-cal.