Fall Practice: Summers-Gavin Returns

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Monday morning's light session marked the Cal football team's first week of practice in the lead up to Saturday's season opener against UC Davis.

"A lot of people are underestimating them, but we won't," senior defensive tackle Derrick Hill said. "We've been working hard, since the first game is where you make the most mistakes. We really have to focus on everything out there, from the small details to the big details."

One big detail on the field was the return of Matt Summers-Gavin. The sophomore offensive lineman sat out almost all of fall training camp after suffering a bone bruise on his knee on Aug. 8.

"He looked fine, ran well. We'll see what happens tomorrow, today we didn't do a whole lot," coach Jeff Tedford said. "I'll tell ... on Thursday after he goes through a whole week."

With Summers-Gavin planning to move over to right tackle, Tedford said that the starters at guard will be determined at the end of the week. On both the right and left side, the guard position has been one of the most competitive in fall camp. Brian Schwenke, Justin Cheadle, Dominic Galas, and Richard Fisher are the four main candidates for the two spots.

Also competing for time is freshman linebacker David Wilkerson, who put on shoulder pads at Memorial Stadium after missing time last week.

Wilkerson was unable to participate towards the end of training camp while waiting for the NCAA to approve his clearing papers. He is still expected to be in the outside linebacker rotation behind senior starter Keith Browner.

"We'll see how it goes when he gets back to real football tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday," Tedford said.

"(Wilkerson) missed a couple days of practice, of course, which for a freshman, that's always not the best thing. But he stayed into it mentally. Hopefully, there's not too much rust there."

Tedford noted that the time off may have been a "blessing in disguise" for Wilkerson, who had been recovering from a recent hand injury.

Extra Points

- In last year's season opener over Maryland, Ernest Owusu had himself an opener to remember. The junior defensive end from Nashville, Tenn. recorded three tackles for a loss, including two of Cal's six sacks on Terrapins' quarterback Chris Turner.

Just as memorable, though perhaps for different reasons, was his reaction. After taking down Turner, Owusu - now better known by teammates as "The 'Wuse" - stood up on his toes with his arms spread wide.

"We were all making fun of him," defensive tackle Derrick Hill said. "We told him if you make a sack this year, don't be doing those celebrations no more."

- The reigning Great West Conference champion Aggies will come into Berkeley after finishing 34th in the FCS preseason Coaches Poll.

Tags: JEFF TEDFORD, PRACTICE NOTES, CAL FOOTBALL


Contact Ed Yevelev at [email protected]



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