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    Quotes and notes from 4/7 practice - Tedford, Pendergast, Maynard

    Head coach Jeff Tedford

    On the center situation and the Bears' various injuries
    “(Brian) Schwenke right now is starting at center. (Chris) Adcock has to snap left-handed because he broke his right hand. I don't know what it is, it's the flavor of the year. I think we've got five broken hands. C.J. Anderson dislocated his thumb, we had to take him to the hospital, he's going to have that operated on Jalen Jefferson broke his hand today, (Spencer) Hagan's got a broken hand, (and) (Tyler) Rigsbee's got a broken hand. (Dominic) Galas is center or guard, he can play center but he may start out at guard depending on how the center keeps going with Schwenke and Adcock.

    On Schwenke
    “He's doing well. We're messing around with his grip, he has half his glove cut off because his hands are slippery. He's picking everything up fine with his blocking and communicating. He's doing fine he just needs to keep working at it... He played guard in high school, but I think he's always snapped for us, all of our linemen snap just in case you need someone to fill in."

    On Schwenke's shotgun snaps
    “They're not perfect yet, but it's something we can work on.”

    On Vince D'Amato
    “(He had) great height on the ball. If you can kick it over that net, you're doing something pretty good. He's got great height, it gets up, he's done a nice job. Today at the end of practice, he made all of them I think, so he's doing a good job.”
    Comment: The kickers were kicking at the set of goal posts on the west side of the field, which is right up against the road running along side the rim of the stadium. If a kicker clears the net, the ball will likely clear Rim Road and land past the fence marking the Memorial Stadium construction site. D'Amato's kicks were consistently high and deep.

    On not working on punting
    “No, we do the drills and some guys punt (but) we don't have a real punter here right now. We have a scholarship punter and a couple of walk-on punters coming in the fall."

    On Jason Gibson
    “When you lose (Mychal) Kendricks and (D.J.) Holt, the two inside guys there are good players...(Of) the young guys that return, Jason Gibson is one of them, Nick Forbes is another, Jalen Jefferson broke his finger so he didn't get a chance, but those guys are talented players, so they're gaining great experience. Gibson made a lot of plays, he can run. He's built himself up, he's looked good.”

    On Brendon Bigelow
    “I thought he grew up a lot today. These things are going to be great for him, you can just tell he's in a lot of traffic and he's learning to plant, get to the holes and put his pads down and he hasn't had that..He got excited down there, he broke tackles and kept spinning and churning and got up with a lot of enthusiasm so hes competing hard and learning and he's really eager to continue to improve in all of those areas. He carried the ball today and did a nice job.”Comment: One area where Isi Sofele improved a lot last year was learning to spin out of tackles and keep running. It's apparent that Bigelow's spent a good amount of time working on that in recent weeks.

    On what might be in store the April 21st open practice
    "It's going to be an exciting day. The format is going to depend on our health. We'd like to try to have it as close to a game as we can but it depends. We don't have any fullbacks right now, we've moved some guys around, they've gotten hurt. Today we played without a fullback. Then we've got some tight ends, Hagan went down. So it depends on health two weeks from now. It's going to be a great event, there's going to be a lot of fan interaction. (We're) going to have some of our NFL players back because that night there's a gala that goes on, it should be an exciting day.”

    Other notes of interest:
    Brazinski's injury means that he likely won't return until late October/early November...C.J. Anderson's thumb injury appears to be more along the base of the thumb which means an operation, but it's too early to say how long he'll be out...Sofele participated early in practice but tweaked a hamstring but was held out, but Tedford was pleased that other backs were able to get
    more work...linebacker David Wilkerson did return to practice on Thursday but still experienced soreness and then got sick so he was held out on Saturday


    Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast

    On the challenges of rebuilding the line after the departure of Ernest Owusu and Trevor Guyton.
    “Deandre Coleman got a lot of work last year so we're excited about the progress he's made, Mustafa Jalil played a lot and we're going to move Aaron Tipoti to left end. He's been a starter for us, so we feel like these guys are going to be able to step up.”

    On who's shown the most improvement from the end of last season to now.
    “Kendrick Payne's playing at a high level. Deandre Coleman's done a nice job and the young guys are kind of coming on but those two for sure.”

    Where those two have shown the most improvement.
    “They're just more focused on the technique that we're trying to play within the defensive line. This is a system-oriented defense, it's their thrd season in the defense and they're really comfortable with what we're doing. We keep pretty consistent with what we do, we're going to utilize the skill sets of what we do and try to give people problems.”

    On the benefits of being able to practice on campus this spring without having to bus to different fields.
    “It's been nice, the guys have been real responsive because we're able to have a little extra meeting time, we're not having to travel, and it's been productive so far.”


    Quarterback Zach Maynard

    On working with Brian Schwenke as center:
    "I would say (he's) doing an awesome job. Of the o-lineman he have he's the most athletic and experienced as well...A couple of balls will be off here and there, but he's trying to (get) the ball (to me) without seeing the ball, so we're just picking that up. (We) try to practice before and after practice (and) try to get snaps here and there...I know it's hard for him to play center and get adjusted to oit but he's doing really good.”

    On how a year's experience has helped his judgment in terms of knowing when to run
    “I'm a lot more comfortable (and) a lot more patient. When I see the lanes develop I can take them when I need to and as far as down and distance, (knowing) when I need to get down and when I need to pick up yards with my feet, but I look to throw first.”
    "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."


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    Tedford interview here.
    Maynard interview here.
    Gibson interview here.

    They're all Youtube videos uploaded by Cal Athletics.
    Last edited by elbarto83; 04-07-2012 at 09:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbarto83 View Post
    Tedford interview here.
    Maynard interview here.
    Gibson interview here.

    They're all Youtube videos uploaded by Cal Athletics.
    Does anyone know who the QB is practicing in the background of the JT video? That kid looks like e has good velocity on his throws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCalBear View Post
    Does anyone know who the QB is practicing in the background of the JT video? That kid looks like e has good velocity on his throws.
    Noticed the same thing with the QB in the background. I was wondering who the receiver was too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkbowlglory View Post
    Head coach Jeff Tedford
    On what might be in store the April 21st open practice
    "It's going to be an exciting day. The format is going to depend on our health. We'd like to try to have it as close to a game as we can but it depends. We don't have any fullbacks right now, we've moved some guys around, they've gotten hurt. Today we played without a fullback. Then we've got some tight ends, Hagan went down. So it depends on health two weeks from now. It's going to be a great event, there's going to be a lot of fan interaction. (We're) going to have some of our NFL players back because that night there's a gala that goes on, it should be an exciting day.”
    I thought JT didn't want there to be a spring game. I guess maybe he is just using the injuries excuse. We can play a game with no FBs and 2 TEs and a skeleton crew of WRs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCalBear View Post
    Does anyone know who the QB is practicing in the background of the JT video? That kid looks like e has good velocity on his throws.
    Looks like a Blasquezized version of Hinder. Not sure who else it could be. Didn't look like any of the other scholarship guys we have at all.

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    FingeroftheBear
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    Who's the incoming punter on schollie?

    Schollie to a punter is a big deal considering they usually get a gray shirt or preferred walk-on. Also didn't the frosh behind Anger leave the program?

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    What? The whole interview and not a single "no doubt about it"? We're turning things around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FingeroftheBear View Post
    Who's the incoming punter on schollie?

    Schollie to a punter is a big deal considering they usually get a gray shirt or preferred walk-on. Also didn't the frosh behind Anger leave the program?
    Incoming punter is Cole Leininger from Florida, highly-rated punter. Jed Barnett left

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    Quote Originally Posted by FingeroftheBear View Post
    Who's the incoming punter on schollie?

    Schollie to a punter is a big deal considering they usually get a gray shirt or preferred walk-on. Also didn't the frosh behind Anger leave the program?
    Cole Leininger

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    FingeroftheBear
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    Thx TBNE and HotB.

    BTW, wasn't Barnett just hammering his punts, like average 50 ypp in HS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkbowlglory View Post
    Head coach Jeff Tedford

    We don't have any fullbacks right now, we've moved some guys around, they've gotten hurt. Today we played without a fullback.
    Any details on Eric Stevens? Is he out with a new (long-term) injury or is this simply the tail-end of recovery from last preseason's season-ending injury? Without Stevens I think we only have some inexperienced freshmen and inexperienced, convertible RBs who've had their share of major injuries.

    The last year we've had a healthy, experienced fullback for the duration of the year was when Jahvid ran for 1500 yds. If that type of output from the RBs could be combined with a more experienced, level-headed Maynard finding lanes to run more decisively and better run blocking from the line, then we could have a pretty respectable offense again even if the passing game is still lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasal Mucus Goldenbear View Post
    Any details on Eric Stevens? Is he out with a new (long-term) injury or is this simply the tail-end of recovery from last preseason's season-ending injury? Without Stevens I think we only have some inexperienced freshmen and inexperienced, convertible RBs who've had their share of major injuries.

    The last year we've had a healthy, experienced fullback for the duration of the year was when Jahvid ran for 1500 yds. If that type of output from the RBs could be combined with a more experienced, level-headed Maynard finding lanes to run more decisively and better run blocking from the line, then we could have a pretty respectable offense again even if the passing game is still lacking.
    Tail end of recovery, he is close to healthy. BUT we are clearly thin. Stevens if healthy is a top flight FB for Cal

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    Good to hear! Someone's got to emerge before Sept as the clear #2 FB because that position is much too important for this offense, not only as the backup for Stevens but also looking forward to not missing a beat for 2013.

    Also, if Tipoti is being moved to End, does that mean Moala is now #2 NT? That would be surprising since he is missing much of spring camp. If so, Tiny could well get to start sometime this fall because Payne has missed several games (and a starting spot) due to past injuries.

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