With one week remaining in the spring practice schedule, Tedford hopes to name a starter for the summer session by the end of the week. The frontrunners are Zach Maynard and Allan Bridgford and although Maynard has been getting most of the first-team snaps, Tedford says that is to give the newbie more experience with the offense.
Junior quarterback Zach Maynard continued to run with the ones, as he has for the last several practices, and Tedford said that there may be a tentative pecking order at the signal-caller slot by the end of spring.
"I think we may, I think we may," Tedford said. "I think in the middle of next week. We'll continue to evaluate, but every day there's more clarity."
Maynard's time with the first unit has been mainly for him to soak up as much of the offense as he can as fast as possible.
"It's for him to get some reps with the ones, and to give him more reps where he's more used to the offense, and that's because he's the new guy," Tedford said.
Also on hand were some players who could easily fill in some of the team's weaknesses this spring.
"It's always good to see guys like that out here," Tedford said. "Jahvid (Best) has been here working out, Alex, it's always great to see those guys come back. Alex has been here for a week, now, comes out to practice every day and the guys get inspired by that. Makes me cry a little bit: how bad would I like to have him? It's great to see those guys, and it's nice when they get a chance to come back."
After the jump Shane Vereen impresses Jim Harbaugh, Kurt Miller interviews for the women's basketball coaching position, and rugby finishes the regular season with a perfect record.
- The offense was back on track on Saturday, as Maynard and Bridgford were sharp. Special teams sounded abysmal as a fumbled punt led to a TD and the coverage team gave up an 87-yard return and a 65-yard return by Mike Manuel.
- JO reports from Saturday's practice.
- BearInsider has quotes and notes from the closed session.
- Alex Mack attended Thursday's practice to give some pointers to the offensive line.
- Shane Vereen impressed 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh during Wednesday's pro day. Harbaugh undoubtedly still has nightmares about Vereen's monster Big Game performance in '09.
- Tedford and Gould talk about the running back situation. It is clear that they are 1) concerned with the lack of production from the current group of backs and 2) hoping that newcomers Brendon Bigelow and Daniel Lasco have what it takes to contribute this season.
- 2011 season tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday.
- Bowling Green coach Kurt Miller interviewed for the women's team's vacant coaching position.
- Kaileb Rodriguez is driven to improve his game between now and this fall, when he joins the Bears. He's looking forward to gaining some weight and improving his interior game.
- Jack Clark's ruggers wrapped up the season (and the no. 1 spot in the Pacific Division) with a 79-26 win over Cal Poly. The Bears had a 57-0 lead at halftime and went into cruise control after that. The reserves defeated Cal Poly's reserves 77-0.
- The Bears opened up the weekend series with an impressive 2-0 win over no. 10/11 Stanford. An error in the first inning was all it took for Stanford to score the two runs necessary to win, as the Bears could only muster one run in Friday's 2-1 loss. The weekend ended successfully as the Bears took the weekend series with a 4-1 win on Saturday.
- The Bears made three comebacks against no. 9 ASU, but could not seal the victory in a marathon, 17-inning loss. It was the second-longest baseball game in Cal history, behind an 18-inning game against Santa Clara in 1943. On Friday the Bears suffered their first shutout of the season in a 5-0 loss. ASU managed to hold Cal without a run again on Saturday to secure the sweep.
- The Wall Street Journal looks at how the baseball program went from elimination to profit-generation and the implications this has on Cal and other schools with budgetary concerns.
- The 14th-ranked men's team wrapped up the regular season with a loss to no. 8 Stanford. The Bears finished tied for third in the conference.