A little late with this — and I’m just heading over to Thursday’s practice now — but here are some highlights from coach Jeff Tedford’s post-practice media session on Wednesday.
The big news is that the Bears won’t get into Memorial Stadium on Aug. 15, as they had expected.
“We’re hoping to be in there on the morning of the 16th, but that’s a moving target,” Tedford said.
They likely won’t be in the stadium permanently until Aug. 24 — one week before the Sept. 1 opener vs. Nevada.
“Again, don’t hold me to that. That’s just what I’m hearing,” Tedford said. “I thought we were going to be in there on the 15th for good, and we’re not.”
There still is lots of detail work to complete around the field, plus a couple big items, including paving the north tunnel into the bowl.
Tedford said he is not worried.
On other topics:
– The Bears have scheduled their first full scrimmage for Aug. 15, at Witter Field.
– Tedford said freshman wide receiver Darius Powe, at 6-3, 217 pounds, needs to drop 10 pounds or so. “We need to get him under 210, closer to 205,” he said. “He’s moving fine, but he’ll move even better if we can cut his weight a little bit.”
– Offensive guard Geoffrey Gibson, battling for a starting job, still has to show the staff more to win the spot. “It’s still early, but he’s still got a long way to go,” Tedford said. “He’s trying hard. He needs to keep competing and learn how to finish plays. That’s where he’s got to go.”
– More praise for sophomore tight end Richard Rodgers: “Richard Rodgers, in my opinion, is as good as any tight end in the country. I know he’s young and he’s unproven, but you have a guy who’s 270 pounds, who runs, catches the ball well, can block. I think he’s got a really bright future.”
– Freshman quarterback Zach Kline impressed with a long completion to wideout Kenny Lawler. “He threw a nice ball to Lawler,” Tedford said. “He looked it off left, came back and threw a perfect ball right on stride to Lawler.”