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September 6, 2011

Bears recover from Battle by the Bay

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BERKELEY -- Several California football players were still on the shelf on Tuesday after Saturday's 36-21 victory over Fresno State.

Senior punter Bryan Anger still had his ankle in a boot, but will be available this week when the Bears face off against Colorado. Anger added the position of holder to his repertoire last week, and head coach Jeff Tedford said that Anger would likely continue to hold for placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, instead of the previous holder, senior quarterback Brock Mansion.

"He's solid doing it," Tedford said. "He has a lot of time to spend with the kickers when the quarterbacks are doing offensive stuff. He's off to the side, always working with the snappers."

Freshman wide receiver Kaelin Clay did not dress on Saturday, Tedford said, due to an academic issue.

"He's going through some, he's got an academic issue that he's figuring out," Tedford said, adding that the team will see if Clay plays this week after practicing on Tuesday.

Two Cal players also came out of Saturday with concussions, including senior safety Sean Cattouse -- who ran on the sidelines but did not practice on Tuesday - and starting fullback Will Kapp.

With the preseason favorite to start at fullback -- Eric Stevens -- out for the year with a knee injury, the depth at that position is looking mighty thin these days, with John Tyndall and Nico Dumont the only two left behind Kapp.

"Cattouse is OK. He had a minor concussion, ran hard today. He should be good for tomorrow," Tedford said. "Will Kapp, coming out of it, Will Kapp had a concussion, so we're very careful about those. If they have any symptoms at all, they really have to go through a battery of tests to make sure they're ready to go."

In Kapp's stead, Tedford was happy with Tyndall's production.

"He did a pretty good job when he was in. Now we've got to get Nico into the flow, too," Tedford said.

Asked what the team was doing in order to prepare for playing in Boulder, Colo., this weekend, Tedford gave a one-word answer: "Condition."

Tedford seemed to be of the opinion that the effects of altitude can be more psychological than physical.

"It's just that you have to know you're going to recover," Tedford said. "The initial thing is that you may be short of breath, but you're in great shape, so you're going to recover quickly. That's the thing. If you knew nothing about it, and you went and everybody beats it into your head about the altitude, and the first time that you become short of breath, 'Oh, it's real!' Well, you're going to recover fast."

Stay tuned later tonight for more football coverage.

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