Just when it seemed like junior Kevin Riley was running away with the teams' top spot under center, sophomore Brock Mansion tried to jump back in the race. Mansion threw for three scores in the Cal's first fall scrimmage, connecting out of the backfield with Covaughn Deboskie-Johnson (13 yards) and Will Kapp (19 yards) and hooking up with Charles Satchell on a skinny post for a 19-yarder. Mansion, though, did live dangerously Tuesday, throwing into double coverage on multiple occasions and forcing the Bears' receivers to become defenders.
While Riley struggled in some situations, the Portland, Ore., native did show flashes of brilliance, accounting for arguably the day's best pass. From the 30-yard line, Riley showed play-action, stood back in the pocket and delivered to a wide-open Jarrett Sparks for the score.
Where Riley, and Mansion for that matter, found the toughest time was in adjusting to a new center. Junior Chris Guarnero sat the scrimmage out after having finger surgery earlier in the day. Jeff Tedford said that Guarnero's injury wasn't too serious and that the center would likely miss the next couple days of practice. That said, Guarnero's value has risen, as fill-ins Dominic Galas and Richard Fisher combined with the quarterbacks for four fumbled snaps.
Covaughn Deboskie-Johnson missed practice Monday and wasn't even supposed to participate in the team's scrimmage. But Deboskie-Johnson is battling for playing time and Tuesday, he acted like it. In addition to the 13-yard score off the pass from Mansion, CBJ skated for a 35-yard scoring sweep down the home sideline, the Bears' longest run of the day. However, it was negated by a holding penalty.
Tuesday acted as more of a day of rest rather than a day of top competition. Here's the list of guys who sat the scrimmage out to shore up some nagging injuries:
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