It was an exuberant end to a productive practice for the Cal football team Sunday. After practice, the players all gathered in a circle around the 20-yard line and started jumping up and down. The excitement was so contagious that even coach Jeff Tedford participated in the impromptu celebration. Theatrics aside, the tone of the practice could hardly be more serious, as the Bears (3-2, 0-2 in the Pac-10) are coming off two decisive losses in a row to start conference play. Cal used its bye week to work rather than rest but did not practice Friday or Saturday. The two days appeared to have paid off, as Tedford said the players looked "refreshed and ready to go" during Sunday's practice.
With the kickoff time against UCLA slated for 12:30 p.m., this Saturday, Tedford decided to have the team leave for Los Angeles on Thursday rather than on Friday. The decision was primarily made to avoid any lag that comes with arriving less than a day before game time. "We'll practice here Thursday and get there fairly late, in the evening" Tedford said. "Friday, we'll have a walk-through around game time and have some meetings, so we will have for sure got over the bus ride. "I think it'll be great, because we'll have some position meetings on the bus with the extra time."