By Matt Kawahara
With its first scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow, the Cal football team took it easy in a helmets-only practice on a cool Monday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Bears worked primarily on technique during the two-hour session, and there were no competitive 7-on-7 or team sessions between the offense and defense -- they'll see each other up close tomorrow in full pads and at full speed.
"They've been practicing really well," coach Jeff Tedford said. "Now (the coaches) are getting off the field, we're going to let them play. We're looking for organization, discipline -- on offense getting out of the huddle and executing and on defense making sure that we're assignment perfect."
Tedford said that he doubts tailback Jahvid Best will participate in the scrimmage. Best is still nursing a sore toe that bothers him when he cuts, and he hasn't had a full day of practice since last Wednesday. He spent a good amount of today's practice softening up his hands on the tennis ball machine and caught a few balls thrown to him by Tedford.
In Best's absence, Tedford said, Shane Vereen should play limited series tomorrow and younger backs like Dasarte Yarnway, Kevin Lewis and Langston Jackson will all see significant playing time. Redshirt freshman Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson will be watching from the sideline, as he has been out for the last two days with what Tedford called a pulled muscle.