Well, week one of Cal Football Camp is over and there has been a lot of news. Let’s go through the biggest news of the week.
All freshmen were ready for camp academically, physically, and mentally.
It’s good that there wasn’t any issues with incoming freshmen due to NCAA delays. Also, Tedford raved about Strength & Conditioning Coach Steve Blasquez for having all the players, not just the freshmen, in shape. The players also proved to be excited and enthusiastic about getting into camp and playing their favorite sport, which is always a great thing.
Running Back Updates
C.J. Anderson was able to go to camp after completing summer classes. Also, Trajuan Briggs wasn’t in camp, but held off the roster to let the younger backs get more playing time (per multiple sources). Bigelow was running at about 100% and really is starting to shine. It’s going to still be a huge battle for playing time with multiple talented backs without experience.
Young Defensive Studs absolutely dominating
Jeff Tedford has mentioned a lot of new guys as top performers through the course of this week. At the Linebacker position, Tedford has given props to both Chris McCain and Cecil Whiteside. At the defensive line position, he singled out Viliami Moala and Brennan Scarlett for some fantastic plays. Lastly, in the secondary he said that both Stefan McClure and Avery Walls will play this season, which was sort of expected, but it’s good to hear that they have made an impact.
As many of you may know, Tedford has restricted media access to camp the last couple years. None of the practices are open to the public and only three practices this week were fully open to the media. Otherwise, the media can come to the first 20 mins. of every other practice for the rest of camp, but that period of time is just when drills are happening. Some of you can complain, but if Tedford has some great plays drawn up for Maynard and Co., then I think it’s okay if he restricts access. Whatever he thinks gives us a better chance to win games.
After The Jump, big injury news from camp
Mitchell Schwartz has not practiced yet because of sore hamstring
Cal Football can’t afford to have Schwartz out during the season, but missing the first week of fall camp isn’t a huge issue. Schwartz has had 38 consecutive starts at this position so missing one week of practice isn’t horrible. He should still be ready to go soon and I’m glad the coaching staff knows how valuable he is and rests him until he completely heals.
Jarrett Sparks (TE) is academically ineligible and will greyshirt
This is bad news for a position that doesn’t have any depth already. Sparks was the only one besides Anthony Miller with real game experience. Ladner will come back soon from his injury, but other than that we have the young Jacob Wark and Richard Rogers, and Spencer Hagan (converted WR). Hopefully, one of these three stands out in camp and becomes a solid 3rd TE after Miller and Ladner.
Sean Cattouse had a sore hamstring and missed some practice
It was a little worrisome when the news first came out, but it turned out not to be serious. He missed a couple practices, but he is already back on the field. It’s good that it wasn’t a serious injury because Cattouse will be one of the leaders in the secondary and he has to practice for that job as well.
Kaelin Clay had Surgery to repair a Meniscus tear and ACL sprain
Clay was expected to battle for the #3 WR position and was making a ton of progress in camp, so this sort of derails that. Tedford has said Clay should be ready for the Sept. 3 opener vs. Fresno State. Clay was the speedy #3 we needed, but there still is Coleman Edmond and Michael Calvin vying for that spot. So only a 3 week setback, but Tedford doesn’t get to evaluate Clay through camp now.
Fullback Eric Stevens tore ACL and will miss season
This is sad news, especially as Stevens proved to everyone that he was the best all around fullback last year. The starting fullback was all but locked up for Stevens and now to hear this, means Tedford has to find another starter. We still have Kapp and Tyndal, but Stevens was a stud.
That concludes Week One Recap of Cal Football Camp.
How do you feel about Cal Football after one week of Fall Camp?
- Great, excited to have Football back and have so much young talent (52%, 22 Votes)
- Good, but we lost Stevens (he was pretty good) (40%, 17 Votes)
- Horrible, eternal negative person (8%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 42