October 09, 2011
After taking a day off for Yom Kippur, we're back in full force today.
Wasn't able to make it to the first part of practice, but I was able to see that Trevor Guyton and Marc Anthony did not participate. Anthony separated his shoulder on Thursday, and Jeff Tedford said that his cornerback is "day-to-day."
Hard to see Anthony playing much on Thursday, especially against a very, very tough WR combo of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.
Stefan McClure will get Anthony's reps. Tedford likened the true freshman DB's debut to that of Syd'Quan Thompson.
Neither Tedford nor Clancy Pendergast would say if Cal would go away from using a left and a right corner, to more of a one-corner and two-corner arrangement, but you'd have to think that Steve Williams would be shadowing Woods all day, no matter which side. Pendergast did say that he likes that his corners are used to seeing things from their respective sides, so that might be a hint that he's going to keep a left-right combo. Still too early to really tell.
Tedford once again said that this game isn't about last year. The game "snowballed" on them last year, and they couldn't get back into it. "This is about now," Tedford said.
After playing in five different venues in five weeks, Cal will play four of its next five at AT&T Park, so that should at the very least give the Bears some sense of routine.
The new Memorial Stadium press level is almost finished going in, and we should be taking an inside look at our new digs some time in the near future.
After practice, the punters did some extra work, and Jed Barnett was challenged by freshman kicker Benjamin Calder to hit him on a post route with a punt. Barnett spiraled one right to Calder about 45-50 yards away and led him perfectly. Kind of cool. I challenged him to do it again, and he said he'd just quit while he was ahead. Smart move.