Coach Tedford spoke to the media for twenty minutes after the close of Day Two of fall camp, touching on a variety of topics and players, including Penn State transfer Kairi Fortt - and Stefan McClure's health
Here's a summary of this remarks:
On the difference between day one and day two: "Offense was a little rusty today, but that's typical of how camp goes, you know, with installation of plays…there was still a lot of excitement and people playing hard, that wasn't the issue - you install a very minimal package going in on the first day, and every day there's just more that goes in. So, when people are thinking, then the execution drops off a little bit. Once you force feed all the installation, ... and you come back and do it again, they sharpen up the execution."
On defensive lineman Austin Clark: "(He) had broken a bone in his foot doing a shuttle test in the summer…came into camp that way". Tedford estimated his return to "three weeks to a month". The team is quite excited for his return.
On Khairi Fortt, Cal's new transfer from Penn State, who did not practice today: "We spent most of the day doing compliance, getting his uniform, and all that type of thing, really getting him checked in. We'll bring him along depending on how his knee feels."
When told that Fortt's medical consent paperwork had cleared, Tedford was then free to publicly report that he had a patella problem. "It was a chronic thing for him, and it was time for him to get it fixed." The earliest prognoses for his debut is at the beginning of the season. Tedford said that Fortt may not immediately participate in contact, drills, and that the team does not plan to rush him.
On the linebacker situation, following the addition of Fortt and the reinstatement of sophomore Cecil Whiteside: "I think we're pretty gifted there, with Wilkerson and Forbes and Gibson. Some young guys who are really good players, it's just their turn now - you know, they played behind the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last year, and now it's their turn to step up…and that's just to mention a few of them. I don't want to leave anybody out, but we feel like we do have some depth at the linebacker position, both inside and outside. It's just a matter of competition, and who executes the best, and makes the most plays."
On the practice schedule for the rest of the week: Tedford noted the team would work in shells on Monday and Tuesday, and be in full pads on Wednesday.
On linebacker Brennan Scarlett's health: "I don't think he's 100%...he got in a little scooter accident, that's what's holding him back. It's nothing major, just sore."
On Stefan McClure: "He's not doing much right now, and probably won't throughout most of camp. He's probably the furthest away."
When asked if McClure might redshirt, Tedford replied that he didn't know, but that, "We will definitely err on the side of caution with him. He's a big time player, he's got a future in this game playing at the next level, and we've really got to make sure that thing heals properly."
On his time in New England: Earlier this year Tedford travelled to visit the New England Patriots to study and observe many things, including how practices were run and professional drills were used, but specifically added that, " ... part of the reason to go there too was (to study) their ability to utilize tight end play, because they've done such a great job of that." In this context Tedford mentioned tight ends Richard Rodgers and Spencer Hagan as potential difference makers.
On the freshmen, Coach Tedford said: "I think they all look good, but those guys out in space (such as wide receivers) are a little easier to see at times. I thought Matt Cochran had a nice practice yesterday, but today he struggled a little bit with the quarterback-center exchange. There's a lot to know there, it's moving kind of fast for him, but I felt like he showed some signs of being a big guy who can move his feet." Tedford again stressed that it was too early in the practice season to make any conclusions.
- Christian Okafor was held out of practice on Saturday because of a fever, but was present on Sunday.
- The 270 pound Rodgers blew right by defensive back Damariay Drew in coverage at one point, much to the surprise of the latter.
- Drew and defensive back Willie Fletcher have been notable standouts thus far.
- The special teams depth chart remains for the moment the same as it was at the end of spring, with Keenan Allen returning punts, and Brendan Bigelow and Mike Manuel taking kickoffs.
- Joel Willis is back at defensive back, after spending most of spring at wide receiver.