With a bye last week, the Bears had Friday & Saturday off. The team returned to practice on Sunday, to begin preparing for their first road game of the 2013 season:
And I thought I'd seen the #BearRaid go fast before. Today is another level.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) September 23, 2013
Cal quarterbacks using Sunday's practice to perform the one drill that never gets old...apparently pic.twitter.com/ZSsDvetBwy— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) September 23, 2013
When asked at Tuesday's game-week press conference about the Ducks and the hostile environment at Autzen Stadium, Coach Sonny Dykes responded:
"Our guys are excited. I’m excited..."
"Typically our teams have played pretty well on the road. We don’t make a big deal about it. I enjoy coaching on the road. Believe it or not, our life is a lot simpler on the road than it is at home. We don’t have a bunch of people coming in town for the game or have a bunch of recruits. You just get to go out of town and play against somebody. In a lot of ways, I look forward to that, and I think our players do as well. I think it just allows them to focus a little bit more on football."
"You can start to see our guys moving around faster defensively because I think we’re more certain in what we’re doing. ... It allows us to play a little bit faster. We’re certainly going to need to."
Safety Michael Lowe (ankle) and linebackers Michael Barton (knee) and Nick Forbes (back) are cleared to play Saturday.
Lowe will start at free safety, and Barton is battling withfor the job at weakside linebacker. Even if Fortt starts, Barton will see the field often.
How much Forbes will play is uncertain, but defensive coordinator Andy Buh said his leadership and positive energy gives the defense a "huge boost" regardless of whether or not he's on the field.
Another newsworthy item - the team will fly to Oregon on Friday afternoon:
Dykes said Cal will leave for Oregon on Friday "around 3:20" & will not do anything football related. They'll have meetings all day Saturday— Hunter Hewitt (@HunterHewitt) September 26, 2013
For more information on Saturday's game, check out Cal's official pre-game notes here: Bears Visit Oregon in First Road Trip of 2013. And for details on this week's presser & practices, here are links to beat reporters' recaps:
A 56-year-old native of Kentucky, Franklin has quickly adjusted to the campus often best-known for Telegraph Avenue and the birth of the Free Speech Movement. He's not concerned with what he wears or if he shaves daily.
Asked if anyone has suggested that he has a Berkeley vibe, Franklin said, "I know I do. The voice just doesn't reflect it. I absolutely love living here. I just love the openness of the young people."
And this week's episode of The Drive had several great Cal-related moments:
Lastly, don't forget to revisit CGB's Oregon-week content by using the links below: