The Bears held their first summer-camp scrimmage on Wednesday, but there was little consensus on which unit prevailed.
“In past years defense usually wins against us,” star junior wide receiver Keenan Allen said. “This year I think the offense got ’em.”
“No, no way,” sophomore linebacker Brennan Scarlett said. “We got this one today.”
Coach Jeff Tedford cast the final vote. Asked which side of the ball got the best of things, he said, “The Bears won.”
Tedford was content that he saw enough positives — even with much of his defensive line sidelined by minor physical ailments.
“There were some good throws, some good catches. both sides of the ball made some plays,” he said. “I thought our punters kicked the ball very well today. It was a very productive day.”
The Bears ran about 45 plays in full scrimmage mode, then another 30 without the defensive line. The scrimmage was closed to the media.
Deandre Coleman (foot) and Mustafa Jalil (knee) were among the defensive linemen who sat out the scrimmage. Although healthy, Allen also watched from the sideline, juust so the coaches could get a better look at the five freshman wideouts.
“I was really pleased with our young receivers about lining up, assignments, that type of thing — which you really look for the first time on the field, live and in color,” Tedford said.
Junior Allan Bridgford, who has solidified his hold on the No. 2 quarterback spot, said he’s impressed with all five of the new receivers.
“They’re all impressive. They’re all going to be good players,” he said. “But right now the two guys who are getting a lot of looks out there with the 1s and 2s are definitely (Bryce) Treggs and (Chris) Harper. They’re both doing a good job of learning things on the run and executing when they get the chance.”
Treggs, Harper and Darius Powe all worked with the starting offense at times. “They looked great, they looked comfortable,” Tedford said.
Tedford rated the offensive line as doing a “decent” job. One time they ran their pass protection the wrong way, but on another play they sprung redshirt freshman running back Daniel Lasco for a 60-yard run.
The defense had two red-zone interceptions on balls tipped at the line of scrimmage and standouts were linebacker Brennan Scarlett and defensive lineman Todd Barr. Tedford also was happy with freshman punter Cole Leininger, who clearly has won the job.
Among those on the sidelines was Donna Tedford, the coach’s wife, equipped with a protective walking boot.
Tedford, often cautious about discussing injuries, said his wife runs a lot and may be battling some tendinitis.
“That’s probably one I really shouldn’t talk about,” he said.