My apologies for being absent from this space for several days — a computer virus shut me down over the weekend.
Attended Cal’s practice Tuesday, and the Bears did situational work in preparation for Wednesday morning’s first camp scrimmage.
Here’s my story from Wednesday morning’s paper, and a few additional notes from practice:
— The coaching staff will use performances at the scrimmage to begin developing a depth chart that determines practice reps leading to the Sept. 1 opener vs. Nevada. For example, coach Jeff Tedford said, the staff wants to identify seven or eight offensive linemen they can count on and who are versatile enough to play more than one position.
— Tedford said linebacker Khairi Fortt, the junior transfer from Penn State, won’t practice anytime soon. He reiterated that Fortt, who had knee surgery in the spring before leaving the Nittany Lions, has nothing to prove and won’t be rushed into action. Don’t expect Fortt for the first couple games. It’s possible he could use a medical redshirt and sit out, but the Bears are nowhere near making that decision.
— The competition for the No. 3 quarterback spot continues, and Tedford again praised the progress of sophomore Austin Hinder. He said the team would travel with at least three quarterbacks, possibly four, depending on personnel needs elsewhere. Reading between the lines, sounds like the coaching staff would like to have freshman Zach Kline on road trips whether he is in line to play this season or not.