BERKELEY, Calif. – With its top two wide receivers absent Thursday to attend to summer school, California got an injury scare from another prominent pass catcher.
-Sophomore tight end Richard Rodgers injured his left shoulder reaching for an overthrown pass, but coach Jeff Tedford did not believe it was serious.
Rodgers initially flexed his wrist after landing awkwardly, but trainers ended up wrapping his shoulder in ice.
Tedford has so frequently and vicariously complimented Rodgers that it has caught veteran program observers by surprise. The tight end trio of Rodgers, Spencer Hagan, and Jacob Wark is expected to see a significantly increased role with inexperienced receivers and Tedford’s off-season trip to New England where he studied how the Patriots use Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
-Starting wide receivers Keenan Allen and Maurice Harris missed practice to attend to academics, leaving redshirt junior Jackson Bouza and redshirt freshman Stephen Anderson to see first-team reps.
Freshman Bryce Treggs worked with the second-team in some three-receiver sets, while Chris Harper impressed with some nice grabs.
Tedford also praised redshirt sophomore James Grisom as a pleasant surprise.
-Outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett delivered several tackles for loss during the team period, continuing a strong start to camp.
Freshman Hardy Nickerson also flashed explosiveness.
-Freshman cornerback Willie Fletcher worked with the first-team for part of practice, again showing a nice upside for the unheralded recruit.
-The Bears again practiced with limited numbers on the defensive line, working with only six players.
-Running back C.J. Anderson practiced in a yellow jersey signifying limited contact.
-Redshirt junior Vincenzo D’Amato missed a 55-yard field goal try, but had enough distance that it would have been good from 49 or 50 yards out.
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.