California head coach Jeff Tedford knows what it's like to have his own plastic Mini Me, having had his own likeness given away on Sept. 6, 2003, at Memorial Stadium.
"That's a long time ago," Tedford laughed. "He's always shaking his head yes. We've got the one at home, and my wife's always shaking his head yes. Whatever she wants, it's always shaking his head 'yes.'"
Clearly, that's one happily-married figurine.
Earlier this week, Leach went all George A. Romero on some of his seniors, saying that they have an "empty corpse quality," in an interview with The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., when asked about the Cougars seniors being leaders.
"I think it'smixed. I think some it's stellar. I think Gino [Simone], Gino's a guy elected team captain this week. Came from not playing hardly at all to elected team captain. A lot of it is just he's kind of accelerated his focus and effort. Some of them have been great and some of them have been very poor," Leach said. "Some of them have had kind of this zombie-like, go through the motions, everything is like how it's always been, that's how it'll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty corpse quality. That's not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that's a fact. That's why it's been necessary for us to have the youth moment that we've had."
Tedford - sheltered in his Simpson Center cocoon - had not heard the quote, but shrugged it off as Leach being Leach.
"Mike, typically, he pretty much tells it as it is, most of the time," Tedford said. "That doesn't surprise me, anything that comes from him."
-- Tedford said that cornerbacks Marc Anthony and Kameron Jackson both practiced this week, but maintained that Anthony would likely return to his starting role after dealing with a nasty knee bruise for much of the week leading up to Homecoming.
"Marc Anthony, we will see what happens at game time. Yes, Kameron Jackson practiced this week, and yes, Marc Anthony practiced this week," Tedford said.
Anthony will likely be a game-time decision.
-- Senior defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti has been dealing with an undisclosed knee injury which kept him out of the UCLA game, and redshirt freshman Todd Barr went down against the Bruins with a pulled calf muscle at halftime. Both will be "available to play," according to Tedford.
-- Bears offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik said that senior starting right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin has knocked off most of the rust after sitting out for two weeks and looking limited against Arizona State.
"He's doing good," Michalczik said. "Even if you look at the first game back he played, the second game was much better. Any time you've missed a lot and come back and are fighting through an injury, the next week, you end up playing a lot better. He's always working to get better. You're either trying to get better, or you're not."