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August 12, 2012

Day Eight: Bears embark on first double day

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BERKELEY -- The California football team finished off its first double day of fall on Saturday, going in full pads in a morning session and shoulder pads in the evening.

"We had a great morning practice. I was not pleased with the afternoon practice," said head coach Jeff Tedford. "It started off very slow. The defense played well, but offensively, we didn't execute very well in the first half of the second practice. We picked it up toward the end, but we started slow in the second half."

Even with it being the first double day, Tedford was not hearing any excuses.

"It's never expected. Never expected," Tedford said. "In the afternoon, we did a lot of third-downs, third-and-longs. Any time you do third-and-long, you don't want to live on those situations. It's to be expected to try to convert those, it's a very low percentage, but I just wish we would have protected a bit better. But, the defense was coming. They were all blitz period stuff."

Though Tedford now has his full compliment of defensive linemen thanks to the end of summer school, he betrayed a bit of a concern at the position, though was not specific.

"They're all back, but that's an area where we're dinged a little bit, so we have to be careful," Tedford said. "We have to monitor certain things to make sure that we don't put them in a position where we can injure someone. We have to monitor that."

The offense has taken a few hits of late, as tight end Richard Rodgers was still unable to practice in full, and H-back Spencer Hagan had a heavy wrap on his lower right arm and hand as he left the field. Tedford said that Rodgers is "OK," and that none of the injuries were "long-term."

"We've got a lot of -- we're banged up a lot, but we'll get through it," Tedford said. "This morning's practice was pretty physical. We did a lot of run-emphasis stuff, and it was pretty physical, so we had some guys that got dinged up a little bit."

Though Tedford did not specify exactly what was ailing either tight end, he did seem quite perturbed, given that the time he spent this summer studying in New England was directed mainly towards how to utilize the type of versatile tight ends that Rodgers and Hagan represent.

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