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BERKELEY - California head coach Jeff Tedford, and quarterbacks Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion addressed the media following the team's training camp scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. Following are selected comments of what the three had to say.
On how the team looked during the scrimmage
"Rusty. Offensively, we had too many penalties, too many bad snaps that you can't have in certain situations - great film to learn from. Defensively, I thought we played pretty well. Obviously, we gave up a few touchdowns in the red zone but for the most part we did a pretty nice job. We got some three and outs."
More on whether he expected the team to be rusty
"It's about typical in what you're looking for or what you usually see. We played a lot of young guys today and gave them some scrimmage time. Sometimes, there's not a lot of need to play your veterans in a scrimmage like this. You want to evaluate what other guys can do."
On the quarterbacks
"They made some good throws; they made some bad throws in certain situations. I would say they played average."
On the kickoffs
"We need to improve there. We need some more work on the kickoffs and to do a better job."
On Brock Mansion
"I'll have to lock at the tape but off the surface, I thought he made some good throws. He threw a ball or two deep, he threw a screen well. His presence and command was pretty good. This is the first time they've been out there on their own, getting signals and that type of thing. There's some work we need to do with that, so we'll work on it."
On Kevin Riley's presence
"That's where his experience really helps Kevin. He's been in a situation where he's utilized the clock in and out of the huddle. A couple of times the clock was running down and we had motion in the backfield ... he's pretty calm with that. When you've been in those game situations, it's something that you get used to. His experience helps him."
On big catches by the tight ends
"They're doing a great job. They ran what they are supposed to run. We caught them in a short yardage situation where they were playing the run and popped them there. The tight ends have done a good job and been very consistent."
On his wide receivers
"I'm pleased with them. Certain ones have stepped up. Marvin Jones has really stepped up quite well, Verran (Tucker) has started to catch his stride a little bit well, so that's good. Nyan's (Boateng) back and playing well. When he caught the ball today, he really got up the field north and south, where last year he probably would have danced. So you can tell that's he used to a little more the speed of the game and the physical part of the game. They played well. I'm excited about that."
On the scrimmage
"There were good and bad. I made a couple of (good) throws; I made a couple of bad throws. You would like to eliminate the bad things, but it was nothing terrible and I responded well coming back. The first series I would have liked to have done more than a minus three, but we got stuck in a bad situation, got moved back and got stuck in a second-and-20. It's tough to get out of those things."
On the differences between a scrimmage and a regular practice
"It's a lot more game-like. Coaches are off the field and you're running the show. You don't have people yelling in your background like `Hey, switch your play.' You're on your own, and it's football out there. You get to run it, and it's more fun."
On being more comfortable with his mechanics than last year
"I worked on it a lot over the summer and during the spring. On some throws it (elbow) drops, but it's almost come to a thing that it's natural every time. It's going back here [demonstrates] instead of going here [demonstrates] like last year. I'm going to keep on working on it, and it will get better and better. I think I messed up on a couple today, but I'm going to try to improve a lot the next few days."
On doing his part to win the quarterback job
"I'm being consistent. I missed a couple too many throws today, but I can't really worry about. I just have to improve. I just need to move the ball in some crucial situations, scoring in the red zone is huge and converting our third downs is big."
On his 30-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Sparks during the scrimmage
"After a little play-action, I saw him wide open. I just saw him there, and it was an easy toss out to him. The safety jumped on that play-action run a ton, and he was just standing by himself."
On his comfort level with the tight ends
"It's very comfortable. We have a lot of guys who can play and have been making plays during camp. Anthony Miller has definitely been there. Skyler Curran has stepped up his game a ton since last year and even since the spring has stepped up his game a lot. Tad (Smith) is a reliable guy that always does the right thing. Jarrett (Sparks) is a great receiving tight end as well."
On the scrimmage and how things went for him
"I feel things went pretty well. I was pretty happy with our ready list today, and I felt pretty smooth going through everything. It felt very comfortable out there."
On throwing a lot of passes in a row during one stretch
"I felt good just warming up today at the very beginning when I first walked on the field. I thought today was going to be a good day. The way coach (Andy) Ludwig was calling the plays made sense to me. I just went out there and had a nice little rhythm going and made some passes."
On the differences between scrimmages and other practices
"It's completely different. In practice, you feel like your hand is being held a little bit, but out here you are just thrown out in the wild. It was nice to kind of get off on your own and be able to see what you can do just off by yourself."
On feeling more comfortable now than last spring during scrimmage
"I don't want to say way more comfortable, but I did fell more comfortable running with both teams - the one's and the two's. I feel a lot more comfortable now after summer workouts and the beginning of fall camp. I feel like I have a great handle on all the routes and all the progressions. Now, I'm just trying to polish up what I know about the protections and being able to protect my front side or back side."
On doing what he needs to do to win the starting quarterback job
"I do everything the coaches ask me. Obviously, you have to do that or you won't have a chance. But (I've also been) going the 5-10 minutes early and staying the 5-10 minutes after to make sure you know what the heck is going on and what you're trying to get accomplished with each call."
On starting early and staying late for practice
"It's not so-much after practice now, because we have such a tight schedule during fall camp. Coming out early and throwing with the QB's and tight ends does help a lot. I also do some footwork drills."
On where he thinks he stands in the quarterback competition
"Each day I come out here and have a good day like this, I think I stride further. But, it's not so much me beating out Kevin (Riley). It's me proving to the coaches that they can trust me and that they can feel comfortable with me knowing that if they throw me out there, that I'm not going to lose the game or anything like that. I think I'm getting way closer than I have in the past (of getting to the point where the coaches feel comfortable with me during a game)."