Friday, August 20, 2010

SF Chronicle: Tedford Doesn't Worry, Makes Team Happy

John Crumpacker
True to his word, Jeff Tedford is letting the good times roll during Cal's fall camp, or at least as much as a football coach dares in the course of preparing his team for the serious business of the season ahead.  A 2010 preseason theme with Tedford was to lighten up and have a little fun within the context of preparation, and so it was Thursday at Memorial Stadium as offensive and defensive players divided up for a friendly post-practice competition while Bob Marley played on the sound system.
Jeff Tedford and Bob Marley, together again. Wow.   "We were rolling," reserve tight end Savai'i Eselu said. "When we hear some Bob Marley prepractice or postpractice, it sets the tempo. Oh, yeah, Teddy is always surprising us. It's good fun to keep it loose. It's not always banging, banging."  That at least one of his players feels hang-loose enough to refer to the head coach as "Teddy" indicates how successful Tedford has been in this lighten-up business. What's next, Tedford in flip-flops and an aloha shirt?  "We've been going hard for a couple weeks; it's nice to have a little fun," the coach said. "You get to a certain point in camp, we had 101 plays yesterday. They played hard. We had some guys taking 60 plays. Their legs are dead. They've got to get their legs back for our next situation practice."
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