August 22, 2007

Bears getting prepped for Tennessee

Cal coach Jeff Tedford and his staff did everything they could to simulate a "game" situation Tuesday afternoon during the Bears' last scrimmage of Fall Ball. From the band playing the school fight song, to the team running out of the tunnel, to the live hitting, to various assistant coaches looking on from the booth high atop Memorial Stadium, the message was sent. Tennessee is right around the corner.

The Crucial No. 2

Although Tedford said afterwards that he wasn't ready to officially announce the backup quarterback as of yet, it's pretty clear that sophomore Kyle Reed is in line for the position.

Reed struggled mightily Tuesday afternoon, but took the majority of second team reps as well as a handful of plays with the first team. The former Elite 11 quarterback had trouble with his accuracy all day, many times short hopping balls to receivers. However, Reed did hit wide out LaReylle Cunningham and tight end Cameron Morrah on back-to-back touchdown strikes to end the scrimmage on somewhat of a high note.

Freshman Kevin Riley on the other hand looked impressive throwing the ball Tuesday afternoon. The redshirt freshman from Oregon has shown steady improvement throughout Fall Ball. Riley also struggled a bit with his accuracy earlier in camp but has gotten into a smooth groove the last few weeks.

Riley recorded a handful of noteworthy passes during the scrimmage, with the most impressive going to Cunningham on a quick post down the middle of the field for a 25-yard touchdown.

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