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Football: Bears take two days off before resuming

By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 1:40 pm in Football.

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.”

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  • gobears91

    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!!

  • Juancho

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

  • Stevini

    By almost, do you mean you asked and she said no? ;-)

  • Juancho

    I couldnt fit her into my rotation. I was prodigous.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

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

    Go Pack Go!

  • Will

    Juancho, it would have worked out if you learned how to swim.

  • Will

    I bet Natalie Coughlin would have been totally into you too.

  • Kevin Thomas

    Why isn’t Maurice Harris also in the rotation?

  • Juancho

    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.

  • Dan

    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?

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    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!

  • MoreSanctionsComing

    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.

  • wehofx

    Yeah. Really good question about M Harris.

    #11/12 STFU!

  • rollonubears

    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.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    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

  • MikeD

    hey all! A new version of the greasemonkey script is out, I’ve updated the block list to include troll poster MoreSanctionsComing, no need to keep reading that drivel any more either, good times! Go Bears!

    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/58785