One of our newest features BearTerritory.net is proud to present this football season is Crawford's Commentary. Each week, staff writer Ken Crawford will give his take on the comings and goings on the field for the Cal football team.
As the year rolls along, the Podcast will also feature various Bears players, coaches and other guest writers surrounding the Blue & Gold.
In Episode 8, Crawford recaps head coach Jeff Tedford's thoughts on the upcoming contest against UCLA, throws in a couple of Q&A sessions with senior linebacker Worrell Williams, who remembers last season's UCLA game all too well and placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who is set to make his second straight start Saturday afternoon.
Crawford also includes an interview with freshman punter Bryan Anger, who currently leads the Pac-10 in net punting (45.9) and is already considered one of the best in the conference if not the entire country. In fact, Tedford bluntly stated last week that Anger would become an All-American before his collegiate career is all said and done.
Crawford's Commentary: Episode 9 – (The annual Joe Roth game)
List of quotes in order:
Tedford on morale of team
Tedford on missed tackles
Tedford on evaluating quarterbacks
Tedford on using Riley because he's the "future"
Tedford on Riley losing accuracy
Tedford on when a QB decision will be made
Tedford on what WR's need to do to improve
Tedford on whether practice or game performance dictates QB decision
Tedford on team focus needing to be week to week
Tedford on UCLA's best offensive players
Tedford on Norm Chow
Tedford on Jahvid's injury
Tedford on Seawright and Tavechio
Tedford on UCLA defense
Williams on morale of team
Williams on differences in team from 2007
Williams on tackling issues
Williams on difficulty tacking AZ running back
Williams on difficulty of facing different RB than expected
Williams on UCLA RB Bell
Williams on UCLA QB Kraft
Williams on difficulty with Bob Gregory coaching from the field
Williams on playing at home
Tavecchio on getting the call to play
Tavecchio on first FG attempt
Tavecchio on first attempt being his longest ever
Tavecchio on surprise of playing this year
Tavecchio on making his first college FG
Tavecchio on being nervous
Tavecchio on Nike shoe issues
Tavecchio on Medlock helping him
Tavecchio on benefit of being coached by a lefty
Tavecchio on holder issues as lefty
Anger on notoriety
Anger on why he kicks well
Anger on transition from high school
Anger on getting consistency
Anger on bigger punt rushers
Anger on starting as RS Freshman
Anger on working with ex-Cal punters
Anger on Cal's great punters
Anger on history of punters influencing recruiting decision
Anger on 'negative' roll
Anger on when he's done a good job
Anger on hearing the crowd react
Anger on tackling
Anger on where to go from here
Anger on picking up other kicking rolls
And if Cal fans haven't done so already, check out Crawford's past episodes.
Ken Crawford is a staff writer for BearTerritory. A lifelong Cal football observer, Crawford covered the Bears during the 2007 season, which included the memorable 31-24 victory over Oregon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Crawford will continue to handle Cal football assignments during the 2008 season.