October 03, 2011
Cal held a closed practice Monday morning at Witter Rugby Field, with no media allowed. When asked this evening whether the Bears were testing out some new equipment (read: white helmets), head coach Jeff Tedford smiled coyly and said, "Don't know."
Tedford was a bit more open on some other subjects, affirming that playing true freshman defensive back Stefan McClure against Oregon was in part to get some more speed on the field to counter the Ducks' fast-paced offense.
Despite McClure being on the field on defense a lot more, redshirt freshman Michael Coley is back and healthy, and will make the trip to Eugene, Ore., with the team.
Tedford said the game will come down to execution, controlling the football, moving the chains and, most importantly, keeping Oregon's offense off the field. Having long, sustained drives will loom much larger than normal because of the pace of the Ducks' attack.
Tedford said that the noise in Autzen Stadium is "a step above," but he's confident that his offense has been in noisy, hostile environments on the road already this season, facing Colorado and Washington.