Aug. 15, 2008
BERKELEY - The California football team continued its preseason camp on Friday with another spirited practice at Memorial Stadium, working out for 90 minutes in shoulder pads and helmets.
After the practice, head coach Jeff Tedford addressed a timetable for settling depth chart questions for the Aug. 30 opener against Michigan State. The team will have its final scrimmage on Tuesday followed by Michigan State preparation beginning Wednesday.
"Things will start getting solidified by Wednesday," Tedford said. "[Tuesday's scrimmage] is just one more evaluation piece. After Tuesday, we break up into scout teams, but [the process] is continuous. If a guy's making plays, just because he's down at one end [scout team or regular rotation], if someone else isn't getting it done, he'll have a chance to get back."
He also pointed out that the staff will soon be making decisions on which true freshmen will have the opportunity to play.
"We need to start making those decisions because they need to get on the dept chart for special teams," he said. "They need fundamentals and techniques on special teams. It's not just something that you say one day he'll play and he'll play this position. If they haven't reps to know the techniques, then that's not a good thing. Whether it is offensive or defensive [players], those guys are going to have to play on special teams somewhere.
"Having a conference game so early on the road, you have to have 64 guys ready to go. You don't have the luxury of traveling as many guys as you want for the first three games; it has to be narrowed done."
"[Mitchell] has really stepped up and helped out in that spot [right tackle]. I have a lot of trust in him.
"Darian made a great play on the sideline. He's very fast and rangy. If he is in the right position, he can definitely make plays physically, he covers a lot of ground. It's a confidence-level thing."
When asked if a review of the film of Thursday's scrimmage gave him any new thoughts, Tedford pointed out that redshirt freshman quarterback Brock Mansion had a solid day and that the running backs played well also. He also mentioned true freshman kicker David Seawright, who knocked home all six of his field goal attempts in the scrimmage.
The Bears continue practice action on Saturday with another double-session.