With the season opener two and a half weeks away, the California Golden Bears still have some depth chart questions to answer. Wednesday's scrimmage was dedicated to finding those answers.
After practice, Tedford was asked who won the scrimmage, to which he replied, "The Bears did."
"There were some good throws, some good catches. Both sides of the ball made plays. Our punters punted very well. Today our kickers kicked the ball off very well, so it was a very productive day."
Keenan Allen was held out of today's practice to give the other receivers more playing time, but he felt that the offense actually came out on top.
"From past years, defense usually wins against us, but this year, I think the offense kind of got them," Allen said.
Earlier in the week, Tedford named tempo and execution as points of emphasis for Wednesday, and his comments indicated that he was satisfied on that front.
"We were able to get the skill guys a lot of work today, which was great. I was really pleased with the young receivers, for the most part."
Speaking a little more about the receivers, Tedford said that he was extremely happy with (5-11, 175) Bryce Treggs and (6-0, 170) Chris Harper. Both of them spent some time with the first string today, and joining them was fellow freshman (6-3 212) Darius Powe. "[The freshmen] looked great. They looked good. They looked comfortable. I was pleased," Tedford said.
"[Treggs] is fast. Good route runner. Quick. Catches the ball really well, great body control. Him and Harper both. Harper is very skilled – those two are right there together. There's really no separation between those guys."
Tedford also mentioned Treggs' consistent improvement, saying that after a slow start, he has adjusted to the speed of the college game quite well.
Tomorrow, the team will hold a practice in helmets and shorts at Memorial Stadium, before returning to Witter (Rugby) Field in shells for the afternoon. They expect to spend time at both locations over the next two weeks before moving into Memorial permanently on August 24th.
Among today's highlights that Tedford mentioned: a 60 yard Daniel Lasco touchdown run, and two tipped ball interceptions on defense. Keenan Allen added that Bryce Treggs had a nice catch on third down, shaking safety Alex Logan in the open field to move the chains.
There were about 90 plays in today's scrimmage, but because of the current defensive line depth, only 45 of those plays were 11 on 11. The team anticipates holding another scrimmage in the next few days, as several of the defensive linemen are expected to return to practice before the end of the week.
The team expects to narrow focus on wide receiver to eight over the next few days. An early guess at who those eight might be: Keenan Allen, Maurice Harris, Jackson Bouza, Bryce McGovern, Stephen Anderson, Bryce Treggs, Chris Harper, with Darius Powe in the final slot.
On defense, Tedford highlighted redshirt freshman defensive lineman Todd Barr and sophomore linebacker Brennan Scarlett as top performers, although he had yet to evaluate films from practice.
Coach Tedford was also pleased with how freshman punter Cole Leininger handled game conditions. On special teams a highlight was a Leininger punt that landed inside the 10 yard line without rolling into the end zone.
Deandre Coleman did not play in today's scrimmage due to a left foot injury, but Maurice Harris did.
Keenan Allen has been confirmed as the team's punt returner.
After next Wednesday, the team will begin game planning for Nevada.