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Football: Bears take two days off before resuming

The Bears are off Sunday and Monday after working out again Saturday in Memorial Stadium for a brief time.

The players will lift weights, have meetings and get rest for two days before returning to practice Tuesday. By the middle of next week, the coaching staff will begin to implement its game plan for the Sept. 1 opener vs. Nevada.

Coach Jeff Tedford said the newly installed turf in the stadium remains fast and a bit soft, but provides great footing. He expects the field will become a little harder as it settles over the next days and weeks.

The Bears were still shorthanded on the defensive line Saturday, but Tedford expects everyone back in action by Tuesday.

“We’re getting some good work in small pods because we don’t have a lot of bodies yet,” he said.

Eventually, Tedford believes the Bears will be solid at the three D-line spots. “I feel good about our top seven — we’re two-deep plus one,” he said.

The candiates for those spots include Kendrick Payne, Aaron Tipoti, Viliami Moala, Deandre Coleman, Mustafa Jalil, Todd Barr and Gabe King.

Tight end Richard Rodgers (shoulder) has continued to avoid contact drills, but should be up by Tuesday. Spencer Hagen is practicing with a cast on his hand. In the meantime, freshman Maximo Espitia and JC transfer Harrison Wilfley are getting more reps.

At wideout, Tedford reported good progress from freshman Darius Powe. He has dropped about 10 pounds to 208 and appears to be in the rotation, along with star junior Keenan Allen and fellow freshmen Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper.

“He’s a big, physical guy with great hands — a lot like Keenan as far as stature is concerned,” Tedford said. “He has a little wiggle to him, can run routes. Seeing him move better is really beneficial to him.”

Jeff Faraudo

16 Comments

  1. FYI – Cal golf is representing at the US Amateur. Weaver, Hagy and Homa all made it to the Match Play. Weaver and Hagy made it to the Semifinals, and nearly had a chance to play each other in the finals. Unfortunately, Hagy lost his match, but Weaver is now playing in the final match. Go Bears!!

  2. Gobears in a related note, i almost dated a cal womens golfer my freshman year.

  3. Never heard of a team taking two days off so that it can pursue more mediocrity.

    Go Pack Go!

  4. Haha touche will. Coughlin was at cal the same time as me too. I should have learned to swim. She is a fellow raiders fan.

  5. Jeff-

    Good question by Kevin Thomas- is Maurice Harris the other starter,or is somehow out of the mix? If injured I missed that, I’m hoping perhaps just omitted from your update?

  6. MoreNCsarecoming Says:

    Never heard of a troll with no life taking two days off and missing so many chances pursue more trollery.

    Go Troll Go!

  7. MoreNCsarecoming: Have you been reminded lately that everyone here hates you, doesn’t care what you have to say, and wishes you would leave? Just checking.

  8. MoreSanctions, we were on a roll there for a few days, with nobody feeding the troll. It was a sight to behold. Just let the ridiculous comments wither and die here, and let’s stay focused on our Bears.

  9. MoreSanctions

    Please leave these fans alone. They will have enough aggravation once the season begins and the meltdown happens.

    Go over to Ted Miller’s blog, SFGate, SacBee, scout, etc and we can respectfully interact. However, do keep it to football (which has always been one of your shortcomings). GOGOBears…let’s have some BearTalk.

    LOL

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