Tuesday's Closed Scrimmage Nets Results

WR Verran Tucker

The California Golden Bears held the second and final scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The scrimmage was closed to the media, while no major storylines were revealed. Head Coach Jeff Tedford and Defensive Coordinator Bob Gregory did note some rrue freshmen that will see action this season...

"There's been a lot of work that's been done," said Head Coach Jeff Tedford. "It's just a chance now to get the game plan down and put everything together that we've been working on. We don't have a major concern about anything. I think they [the players] are ready to play against someone else. They've worked hard. We practiced all situations, I think they feel like they've invested the work and now it's time to play. Now we need to game plan and execute the game plan."

"I felt like the energy was good and the hustle was good. We weren't as sharp as we need to be offensively. We had some penalties as far as illegal procedure today that you expect in the first scrimmage, not in the second scrimmage. I'm a little disappointed with that. We had noise and we had guys flinching, so that wasn't good, but besides that, everything else was fine. Everybody stayed healthy through it and we got some situations done."

Coach Tedford did note that true freshman Anthony Miller and Mychal Kendricks will play this season. In our Rookie Report, we speculated both of these players would play this season. Defensive Coordinator Bob Gregory also noted true frosh DT Kendrick Payne would also see action this season. Another player we expect to see on the field is Marvin Jones, but no definite answer was given on his progress Tuesday night. However, Coach Tedford did comment on a few other wideouts.

"Verran Tucker caught a couple of balls," said Coach Tedford. "Sean Young caught a touchdown in overtime [situations]. Nyan Boateng made a really nice catch in the seem, went really high for a ball on a nice catch. It's definitely a deeper group. Our challenge is going to be to find the top six, because six, seven, eight, all those guys can be in the mix. It's all pretty close. "

Other players that stood according to Coach Tedford were the running backs. He noted big plays from sophomore Jahvid Best and redshirt freshman Shane Vereen. Best scored on a 58-yard screen pass, while Vereen scored on a 30-yard scamper to the outside.

As far as the quarterback battle, Coach Tedford was reserved. "We're getting close," Tedford said in regards to naming a starter. Moreover, no timeline was given for the naming of a starter.

One of the most intense battles in camp has been at placekicker. Former all-state standout freshman David Seawright has pushed the incumbent senior Jordan Kay.

"Excellent competition," Tedford said of the placekicking competition. "Seawright has really risen to the occasion. I think he's made every kick, except a 52-yarder [today] that bounced off the crossbar. All the others he was right down the middle; they both made all their kicks today. But David's been very solid, he really, really has improved since day one. He brings some accuracy and some leg strength."

Defensively, Coach Tedford mentioned sophomore defensive back Bryant Nnabuife, who had a long fumble return and intercepted a pass off redshirt freshman quarterback Brock Mansion. It was the lone interception in the scrimmage.

Since the switch to the 3-4 defense, finding a nose tackle has been a focus of fall camp. Projected starter Mika Kane is nursing a sprained ankle, something backup Derrick Hill has been dealing with as well. Thus, true freshman Kendrick Payne has seen his share of reps with the first team. Hill did play Tuesday night, but no starter has been named.

"I think we have to play all of those guys," Coach Gregory said of the young defensive lineman's chances of starting.

Wednesday will be a big day for the coaches to get down on making up a final two-deep in preparation for the "mock game." The situational style practice focuses on pre-game and game preparation. On Thursday, the focus turns to Michigan State, as preparation for the August 30 season opener begins.

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