Cal training camp quick hits: August 5
Austin Clark (US Presswire)
Austin Clark (US Presswire)
CalSportsDigest.com
Posted Aug 5, 2012


Penn State transfer linebacker Khairi Fortt arrives in Berkeley on Sunday, but does not practice.

Berkeley, Calif. - The second practice of fall camp Sunday afternoon was closed to the media, but were able to speak with Cal head Jeff Tedford and transfer linebacker Khairi Fortt, who arrived on the West Coast at 2 a.m. this morning, afterwards.

-Tedford said the offense took a step back after a strong opening effort, but it was to be expected, especially as more of the playbook is installed.

-Defensive lineman Austin Clark will miss up to a month with a broken bone in his right foot. Clark, who carved out a role during spring practice, was injured during pre-camp testing.

-Cornerback Stefan McClure (micro-fracture knee surgery) will be brought back very cautiously, Tedford said, noting the sophomore has a "bright future at the next level."

But depth at the position isn't a concern, as redshirt freshman Joel Willis (who moved back to defense after playing wide receiver in the spring) intercepted a pass for the second straight day, and true freshmen Willie Fletcher and Damariay Drew showed flashes.

-Freshman offensive lineman Christian Okafor practiced Sunday, after missing Saturday with a high fever.

-Fortt said he had been considering a change of scenery before NCAA sanctions that allowed him to transfer without penalty were handed down against Penn State. He was contacted by 36 schools before ultimately deciding on Cal, which he considered coming out of high school before deciding he was too immature at 17 to move across the country.

In a bit of a contradiction from what Tedford had previously said, Fortt said he was initially contacted by Cal coaches.

-Fortt will meet with team doctors Monday to evaluate his recovery from off-season knee surgery on a ligament in his patella. Tedford said the junior, who has a redshirt season available, will not be rushed back.

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.


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