Football: Thursday notes and links

Here’s my story on one-time Arizona State recruit Angelo Richardson, an Oakland native who is back in Tempe taking classes and part of the football team six years after being paralyzed from the waist down in a random shooting incident.


From Thursday’s regular post-practice media sessions with coach Jeff Tedford and coordinators Jim Michalczik and Clancy Pendergast:

— There is nothing definitive (still) on the status of OT Matt Summers-Gavin (knee) or TE Richard Rodgers (foot). Both practiced Thursday and are day-to-day. Will they play Saturday against the Sun Devils? Your guess is as good as mine. I wouldn’t bet on it. (In fact, Tedford said Jacob Wark, who sprained his ankle at USC, will start at TE).

— Tedford said senior OG Dominic Galas will begin contact practice next week for the first time since tearing a pectoral muscle just before the start of fall camp. He’s not likely to play in a game until at least Oct. 13 at Washington State, but if all goes well the Bears could get more than half a senior from him.

“He’s doing more and more each day,” Tedford said. “Next week he’ll start to have a little bit of contact. He hasn’t had any contact yet. We’ll have to see how he will respond to contact. He’s been working really hard. We’ve got to make sure he’s got good enough strength in that arm.”

— Tedford isn’t reading anything into Cal’s current four-game win streak against ASU or its unbeaten home record vs. the Sun Devils since 1997. “I couldn’t even tell you the record,” he said. “I know we beat ’em last year, but that doesn’t even matter. It’s all about this year. They have new leadership there. I do know this: They always have very good athletes there.”

— The Bears have converted 73.3 percent (11 for 15) in the red zone, but that’s a bit misleading. They have scored just six touchdowns in those opportunities, settling for five field goals. Compare that to Oregon, which has entered its opponent’s 20-yard line 25 times and come away with 22 scores — 20 of them TDs.

“We just have to execute. When our receivers are open, we have to hit them. We have to be able to run the ball, knock people off the ball,” Tedford said. “It’s still football. Sure it gets a little bit tougher when you get in the red zone because the field is shorter . . . we’ve had the opportunity to have successful plays, we just haven’t executed that well.”

— Tedford on how to deal with ASU’s 39 tackles for loss — tied for most in the nation: “Block ’em. Block ’em and get rid of the football when you need to get rid of the football. That’s how you manage it. You change up protections and try to keep them off balance.”

— Offensive coordinator Michalczik on the Bears surrendering 13 sacks the past two weeks: “Sucks.” Pretty much says it all.  

“It always is everybody, but we’ve got to do much better up front on the offensive line,” he said. “When the pressure starts happening, you can’t panic and we have too many guys panicking instead of trusting their technique. We’re really working to get our brains back to fundamentals.”

— Michalczik echoed Tedford’s comments on the ongoing education of sophomore tailback Brendan Bigelow, who has carried just four times each of the past two games, but totaled 191 yards. “We’re always looking at ways to get him the ball — he’s such a talent.,” Michalczik said. “He’s still young, still growing, still learning.”

— Defensive coordinator Pendergast, who came to Cal after coaching 15 years for five different NFL teams, acknowledged he didn’t have to prepare for spread-style offenses in the pros. This season, he said, probably half of the teams Cal faces will employ some sort of spread offense.

“In the NFL, we only had one check and that was it, whether you had any form of wildcat,” he said. “Now we have two defensive packages that have evolved that can handle the spread-style attack. Over the last two-plus years we’ve been able to build on that and I think the players have a good feel for it.” 

“It’s been a learning curve for Clancy,” Tedford said. “On Sundays it all looks the same. Every week is different in college football. At this point I know he has packages for every style of offense we play.”




Jeff Faraudo

  • Easy Ed

    OMG! My head is gong to explode, this is the second game in a row that I’ve had to root FOR Stanford. I hate UW, I hope Stanford rushes for 300 yards against UW and their “Defensive Line Coordinator”. Eat _hit and die Tosh!!!

  • ConcordBear

    Stanford cleary had the better team, uw better at qb and wr. The tree blew winnable game, they should have won. Especially when the D gave them a 10 point lead in the 2nd half.
    UW got a big home win but look out, they have an even tougher stretch in front of them now.
    The stanford coach sounded really rattled after the game when the qb questions started coming.

  • Eric

    Can we get Josh Wilcox as a head coach? That D was inspiring.

  • MoreNCsarecoming


    No you can’t. Too many of your fans hold a grudge re. Toshgate and implicate all UW coaching staff as part of it. Wilcox was your linebacker coach a few years ago before parting for BSU.

    BTW now I know why Tosh left your program. That kid was sick and tired of watching all of these top recruits put together as a team which ended up going to the I Want Macaroni and Cheese bowl game. He was sick and tired of coaching a team where the HC has grown lazy, fat and without passion. I am glad the kid left. He shows me how much he cares for the players.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Mark my words – both of those teams will crush your pathetic passionless team.

    Stanford will bull rush your offensive offensive line.

    UW with Shaq and Lupoi will rub salt in your wounds.

  • calbearclaw

    I’d trade two wins this year for a win against $C-lite Washington.

    Save for perhaps the juggernaut over at Eugene Community College, the Pac-12 looks like it’s going to beat itself up this year.

    Golden Bears big tomorrow.

  • rotfogel

    Hey SC Moren,
    Mark my words, SC will lose two more games this year.

  • Easy Ed

    Moron please come into the light. “Daddy” has gotten over the fact that you were too stupid to get into Cal (in spite of all of his booster activities).

    Get over it and root for the Bears, “Daddy” says that all will be forgiven and he’ll let you move back into the attic.

  • Cre8tivguy

    Hey Jeff – Thanks for the post, but I have serious question for you. Given our ability to quickly communicate with each other, would you be open to taking question suggestions from the readers and asking a few of the best one’s to Tedford & company at the weekly post-practice media sessions? I read you blog and watch the videos on the CAL athletic site every day, and its’ always the same group of guys asking the same unoriginal questions every time. Are we still asking Clancy about the difference between the pros and college? Is there a fear among the reporters that if they ask tough questions push for better answers you’ll loose your privileges to attend practices? If that’s the case, then I get it. But if not, then give us a chance to ask some creative questions. I’m not saying you’re bad at your job, but maybe you’re too close to it to have a fresh perspective. Thanks.

  • daredevilfan

    sounds like excuse after excuse. These guys get paid well, they should be able to deliver results or they should be out. That’s life.