Bears Show Great Energy in First Practice

Gone, is the sense of disappointment of the 2009 season that ended with a Poinsettia Bowl loss to Utah. Gone, are the controversies and potential distractions, ranging from transferring freshman to conference foes on probation to a conference expansion. Gone, are the old Memorial Stadium facilities, creating an interesting change in the regime of practice…

For the first time in many months, California Head Coach Jeff Tedford can finally focus on his passion: bringing wins to the University, dissecting film in his newfound office, and developing his players for successful futures.

Pac-10 Media Day, a quick trip to the East Coast, speculation of a very different conference... all are officially in the past.

And Coach Tedford is excited that Fall Camp has officially begun.

"Great energy," said Tedford. "The guys were looking forward to it, and they came out ready."

For Coach Tedford, the opportunity to come out and see his product for the first time in action gave a glimpse of all the summer conditioning, all his recruiting, and all his duties as a coach have paid off.

"You could tell that the guys really had a great summer," says Tedford. "There are some good young recruits that are here for the first day, and it was really nice to see them run around for a little bit."

But with the conditioning now comes the preparation: the physical preparation to keep your body fresh and injury free, the mental preparation to learn and understand assignment and improve your understanding of the game.

And with the arrival of fall camp come the answers that must be answered relative to the 2010 football season.

And the goal of fall camp?

"To focus on the process, to take one day at a time," says Tedford. "Work to be our best. Continue to focus on the process, what our values are, how we work everyday, and how we prepare everyday."

While there are different players, different facilities, and even a different outlook, the process to be the best and the mentality to take one game at a time, one day at a time, stays constant.

Just like the ultimate team goal: January 1 in the Rose Bowl.

Day One Practice News & Notes

  • Freshman CB Vachel Samuels injured his foot and will get an X-Ray, Tedford said.
  • Junior RB Shane Vereen has a minor issue with his hamstring, but will be monitored.
  • Freshman DL Keni Kaufusi continues to recover from shoulder surgery.
  • Freshman CB Steve Williams had an extensive look with the first team defense.
  • Due to time constraints, the players were not available for comment after practice.
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