Fall Camp Notebook: Day 15
Friday, August 21, 2009
Category: Sports > Fall > Football
As the Cal football team begins its third week of fall camp, the depth chart is starting to take shape in a few areas.
With Mike Tepper and Mitchell Schwartz already entrenched at left and right offensive tackle, respectively, coach Jeff Tedford said after Friday's morning practice that, as of today, Matt Summers-Gavin is the Bears' No. 1 left guard and Justin Cheadle has a strong hold at right guard. Summers-Gavin has been playing with the first-team offense since day one of camp. Chet Teofilo started fall at first-team right guard but was replaced by Cheadle on day three. At that point, Tedford said that the coaches were experimenting with different groups on the O-line, but Cheadle has not relinquished the spot since.
Teofilo is still competing with Cheadle, while Mark Boskovich -- who started the last 10 games at left guard in 2008 -- is backing up Summers-Gavin.
Tedford also said that, if the season were to start today, the starting linebacking corps would be made up of Eddie Young at strongside outside backer, Mike Mohamed at weakside outside, and Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt in the middle. Regardless of whether that group stands, the Bears will use a deep rotation and shuffle guys around during games like they did last season with different personnel packages.
Mohamed -- who is capable of playing all four linebacker positions -- spent most of his time over the past two weeks on the inside, but moved outside a few days ago. Senior Devin Bishop and junior transfer Jarred Price were splitting the first-team reps on the weak side before that. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said that Bishop will now play mostly on the inside while the coaches continue to search for the best fit at the position vacated by ZackFollett.
"If it's Mike, it's going to be Mike," Gregory said. "If it's somebody else, it'll be somebody else. We're just trying to find the right guy."
Obviously the biggest question mark is still at quarterback, where Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion continue to battle for the start against Maryland on Sept. 5.Tedford has said that that announcement could come at any time, although the depth chart will likely be finalized by next Wednesday. He reiterated Friday that the coaches are still looking for one quarterback "who is actually doing things on a consistent basis running the offense."
The kicking competition is also still up in the air. Tedford said that he believes Giorgio Tavecchio has been the most consistent on kickoffs. Tavecchio also nailed a "game-winning" 47-yard field goal in a live two-minute drill towards the end of Friday's practice.
Jahvid Best took limited reps in both position and team drills at the beginning of practice.
"He's getting closer," Tedford said. "He's doing more, doing drill work, took some team reps, so he is feeling better and we're going to continue to progress him. I would expect over the next couple days that we move him toward taking his share of the team reps."
Cornerback Darian Hagan missed Friday's practice with a sore knee -- the same knee that kept him out of consecutive practices earlier in camp. Freshman tailbackDasarte Yarnway was also in red and wearing a protective boot. Yarnway injured his foot three days ago, Tedford said, but this is the first day that he has missed because of it. The results of an MRI on Yarnway's foot were scheduled to come through Friday afternoon.
Receiver Alex Lagemann practiced in a yellow jersey and worked in during team drills as he recovers from a bruised quad sustained during the scrimmage.
-- Tedford estimated that Riley has taken 70 percent of the first-team reps throughout camp.
-- A couple highlights of practice, provided by Tedford: Tavecchio's 47-yard field goal came after a drive by the second-team offense. During the final situations of practice -- a final-play fourth-and-goal from the 12- and 5-yard lines -- Mansion scrambled and threw a touchdown andcornerback Charles Amadi intercepted a pass.
-- The Bears have their final two-a-day of camp scheduled for tomorrow.
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