Football: Tuesday report

Cal quarterback Brock Mansion said that today’s practice had more enthusiasm than any practice since the first week of the season.

Part of that, according to coach Jeff Tedford, is because the Bears practiced at a high tempo to try to simulate what it will be like to play No. 1 Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks run an uptempo, hurry-up offense that can get snaps off two or three times per minute. The Bears’ scout team offense ran the Ducks’ plays at a high pace to try to prepare the defense.

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Football: Riley’s job not in jeopardy

Cal coach Jeff Tedford said today at the weekly press luncheon that Kevin Riley will remain the team’s starting quarterback for the rest  of the season, barring injury.

“Kevin is our starting quarterback and gives us the best chance to win,” Tedford said. “We’re not going to make a change there unless something unforeseen happens.”

In response to a question about the development of backups Beau Sweeney and  Brock Mansion, Tedford said:

“If they were close to being the best quarterback that we have on this football team then they would see time,” Tedford said. “That’s not the case. Kevin still does some very good things and gives us the best chance to win. Those guys aren’t to his level right now.”


Football: Press conference quotes

Here’s the link to quotes from today’s weekly press conference. Running back Shane Vereen was the wild-card player to attend, along with the usual appearances by coach Jeff Tedford and quarterback Kevin Riley.

I also spoke with Keenan Allen today, who said he feels 100 percent recovered from his high ankle sprain that limited him the past two games.

Also chatted with safety Josh Hill about handling the pistol offense again. You’ll see a story about it in Wednesday’s paper.


Football: Tuesday night update

Linebacker D.J. Holt was the second player at today’s weekly press conference (quarterback Kevin Riley is always one of the two players at the media session). Here are the transcriptions to what was said by coach Jeff Tedford, Riley and Holt.

Here are Nevada’s weekly game notes.

You get the feeling Cal realizes just what kind of test Nevada will be, especialy for the defense. There just is no easy way to defend the Wolf Pack’s dynamic pistol offense. And going on the road for the first time, for a Friday night, nationally televised game, will ramp up the intensity.

This will, by far, be Cal’s toughest test of the season. If some are still unsure just how good the Bears are, if some believe their two dominant wins came over inferior teams, this will be a much better measuring stick.

Nevada may be a team from a mid-major conference, but the Wolf Pack are legit. If the Bears win this one, then they will start to make believers out of a lot more people.


Football: Tuesday night update

The weekly press conference usually gets a couple of the local television stations to come out, but there was perfect attendance today. The reason? Keenan Allen, of course.

When you have the type of debut Allen had on Saturday, the attention is going to linger for awhile. Allen has been topic No. 1 among Cal fans since Saturday, and it continued Tuesday.

Allen actually didn’t come to the press conference, which begins about 45 minutes after practice ends on Tuesdays. So the TV vans got there early the cameras and microphones were waiting in the usual post-practice interview area when Allen made the trek up the stadium on his way to the Bears’ temporary locker rooms.

Allen didn’t say anything new or groundbreaking, but it’s a ritual he might have to get used to. Cal’s media relations staff is already talking about making Allen available just one day a week, similar to the arrangement with previous stars like Jahvid Best and DeSean Jackson.

The press conference was attended by Jeff Tedford, Kevin Riley and Cameron Jordan. You can see a transcript of their comments here.


Football: Tuesday quick hitters

  • Virtually every local TV station came out to Tuesday’s press conference, mainly to interview Keenan Allen.
  • Cal’s coaches and players realize Colorado will present a much different task in terms of strength and athleticism.
  • Cal quarterback Kevin Riley says the team should show Colorado what it is in for when it joins the Pac-10.
  • Cal coach Jeff Tedford says Zach Maynard, Allen’s half-brother, will compete for the starting job next season.
  • Tedford says there are some similarities between Cal’s offense and Colorado’s offense because the Buffs’ offensive coordinator is Eric Kiesau, who was Cal’s wide receivers coach from 2002-05

Football: Press conference quick hitters

  • Jeff Tedford said Matt Summers-Gavin took reps today and could be available for Saturday’s game. But he won’t start. Tedford said Summers-Gavin probably will play right tackle.
  • Linebacker Dave Wilkerson isn’t quite cleared yet. He is cleared to practice, but not to play in games. The team is still waiting to hear if Wilkerson can play on Saturday.
  • On an updated depth chart, Michael Calvin is now listed as a backup wide receiver rather than Coleman Edmond.

More to come…