Now that he is Cal's backup punter, David Seawright has been presenting his credentials to starter Bryan Anger.
Anger isn't all that impressed.
"I tell Bryan that I was an all-state punter," Seawright said. "He reminds me that he was an All-American punter."
If Seawright, a place-kicking specialist, can be anything close to a top-level punter, the Bears will feel a whole lot better. Seawright has been pressed into the role after backup Ryan Theimer quit the team following spring practice.
Seawright's only experience punting came during his senior season at Rancho Bernardo High-San Diego. The sophomore started practicing again this summer.
"It's a work in progress," Seawright said. "It's two completely different swings. I'm trying to swing across the ball."
The Bears, of course, hope not to need Seawright's services. That would mean something happened to Anger, a preseason All-American and a semifinalist last year for the Ray Guy Award.
It would be one thing to lose a weapon like Anger. It would be worse to lose him and not have a competent replacement.
"Today it is (a concern)," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "By the end of camp, hopefully it's not. There is nobody else."
While Seawright is trying to get up to speed as a punter, he's also involved in a place-kicking competition with sophomore Giorgio Tavecchio and incoming freshman Vince D'Amato. Seawright's main focus still is to win the No. 1 kicking job, but he acknowledges the punting role might be another way to contribute.
"Of course, I want to be out on the field kicking the ball, but more than anything I want to contribute to the team," he said.
Normally reserved safety Marcus Ezeff lit into his teammates after practice Sunday following an undisclosed off-field incident that can be summed up as some players "goofing around" during camp. While stretching to wrap up practice, the fifth-year senior implored his teammates to exhibit more maturity, saying, "We're trying to win a Pac-10 championship," and that it was time to "grow up and step up." ... Backup tailback Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson has added his father's namesake to his last name after going by Covaughn DeBoskie last season. DeBoskie-Johnson said he had a falling out with his father when he was a youth but reconciled after his junior year of high school. He added Johnson to his name to honor the passing of his grandfather, Frank Johnson. ... The Bears will practice in full pads today for the first time. Running back Jahvid Best hasn't taken a hit since the Emerald Bowl. He sat out spring practice.
— Jonathan Okanes