Aug. 19, 2008
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears completed their 16th day of preseason training camp on Tuesday afternoon by holding a closed intrasquad scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
Head coach Jeff Tedford responded to media questions after the session, "I felt like the energy was good and the hustle was good. We weren't as sharp as we need to be offensively. We had some penalties as far as illegal procedure today that you expect in the first scrimmage, not in the second scrimmage. I'm a little disappointed with that. We had noise and we had guys flinching, so that wasn't good, but besides that, everything else was fine. Everybody stayed healthy through it and we got some situations done."
When asked about specific plays that stood out, Tedford pointed to a couple of big plays from sophomore tailback Jahvid Best, including a 58-yard screen pass for a touchdown, and a strong day from sophomore defensive back Bryant Nnabuife, including a long fumble return. He also mentioned redshirt freshman Shane Vereen scoring on a 30-yard run around the outside and catching a couple of passes.
As far as the receivers, "Verran Tucker caught a couple of balls, Sean Young caught a touchdown in overtime [situations]. Nyan Boateng made a really nice catch in the seem, went really high for a ball on a nice catch. It's definitely a deeper group. Our challenge is going to be to find the top six, because six, seven, eight, all those guys can be in the mix. It's all pretty close. "
When asked if the coaching staff was closer to naming a starting quarterback, Tedford said, "We're getting close," but did not offer any sort of timeline.
Tedford also commented on the competition at placekicker between senior Jordan Kay and freshman David Seawright, "Excellent competition. Seawright has really risen to the occasion. I think he's made every kick, except a 52-yarder [today] that bounced off the crossbar. All the others he was right down the middle; they both made all their kicks today. But David's been very solid, he really, really has improved since day one. He brings some accuracy and some leg strength."
When asked about the biggest question for the team, Tedford said he didn't think there was one. "There's been a lot of work that's been done. It's just a chance now to get the game plan down and put everything together that we've been working on. We don't have a major concern about anything. I think they [the players] are ready to play against someone else. They've worked hard. We practiced all situations, I think they feel like they've invested the work and now it's time to play. Now we need to game plan and execute the game plan."
The team returns to action on Wednesday morning with a mock situational game, while the team will begin focusing on preparation for Michigan State on Thursday.