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Football: Thursday post-practice notes

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 5:05 pm in Football.

A few updates following Thursday’s practice:

– Offensive tackle Matt Summers-Gavin, who has missed the past two games with a sprained knee, practiced again Thursday morning in preparation for Saturday’s game at USC. “He’s looking fine . . . he may play,” coach Jeff Tedford said. If not, Bill Tyndall will handle the assignment once more.

– Starting tight end Richard Rodgers, who sat out the Ohio State game with a foot injury, will travel and “may play,” Tedford said.

– Backup tight end Spencer Hagan still has not had an MRI on his right knee after injuring it Saturday at USC. Coach Jeff Tedford said the swelling still needs to reduce. Hagan is out this week and could be sidelined long-term.

– Defensive end Mustafa Jalil (knee), who has seen limited action the past two games but has yet to record a tackle this season, should play. “Mustafa hopefully will be close to 100 percent,” defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said. “We’re anxious to get him out there.”

– Center Brian Schwenke, who consistently delivered low shotgun snaps to Zach Maynard last week, addressed the problem in practice. “We’ve worked hard on them and they’ve been good all week,” Tedford said.

– Placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato has retained his starting job, despite missing all three of his field goal tries last week. : “Today I didn’t see him miss one. Left hash, right hash . . . everything was good,” Tedford said.

– Safety Alex Logan, out of position on Ohio State’s late-game touchdown pass, is expected to start. “It’s Logan right now, but (Michael) Lowe can play there, too,” Tedford said. “We worked hard with Alex this week, but Lowe has a chance to play there also.”

– Tedford said he was very pleased with the play of first-time starting inside linebackers Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes at Ohio State.

– Linebacker Khairi Fortt, the Penn State transfer who still has not played after undergoing knee surgery last spring before arriving at Cal, is moving closer to possibly being redshirted. “There’s a lot of football left,” Tedford said. “If we’re at the halfway point we’d have to consider it.”

– The Bears won’t fly to Los Angeles until Friday evening, going through their walk-through at home because the L.A. Coliseum is not available for opposing teams on the day before the game.

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  • rob bear

    All positive news minus the update on the field goal kicker. How you keep your job after failing miserably on your three stabs at what you are trained to do all week and the months prior is unacceptable. He was not asked to kick 65 yards to win the game. These were chip shots and he FAILED ALL 3 TIMES! Give the next guy a try!

  • pasadena dave

    Is it Kiffin’s new policy not to allow opponents access to the stadium? If so, pretty bush league. The LA Daily News debacle and now this. Hope we return the favor next year by not allowing access.

  • 93BearInOregon

    Well, I wouldn’t quite call 40+ yards a “chip shot,” but yeah, missing all three in any game much less a close, big game like that is unbelievable. Not sure anyone is worried about his practice habits or success rate. It’s bringing it on game day under pressure that has us concerned

  • gobears49

    I think all of the field goals were about 40 yards. Field goal tries at that distance are not chip shots.

  • BlueNGold

    Didn’t the city of LA hand over the management of the coliseum to the sleazy cheaters? If so, this smacks of the home team trying ths screw the opponent. The conference should have rules about such things.

  • shaka

    Yep BlueNGold, the coliseum situation is a mess, but it’s not on $C. LA times is suing to overturn the transfer decided behind closed doors at a coliseum commission meeting, former talent agents skipping to south america, ethics reviews, conflicts everywhere. But, once the operations change is finally done, $C has a chance to be classy and make right for visiting teams (field access) and fans seating(practically the next time zone)plus doing right for the community. Pollyannish, perhaps. The facilities need serious help, but the major issue is management.