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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 13

Posted by Taylor Price on August 13, 2012 – 9:57 AM

Fresh off the team’s annual Fan Fest event, the 49ers return to Santa Clara for another day of Training Camp presented by HP.

Sunday, however, was certainly a competitive day for the 49ers and one that saw both sides improve. The highlight of the session was the first-team offense’s 92-yard scoring drive to close out the day.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted it was a 17-play drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to tight end Konrad Reuland. On the drive, Maiocco noted Smith completed 10-of-11 passes for 79 yards. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee noted that star players Justin Smith, Frank Gore and Mario Manningham all practiced after sitting out Friday night’s preseason opener.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares Donte Whitner’s nickname for improving reserve quarterback Scott Tolzien, “Baby Drew Brees.”

Peter King of SI.com lists Kyle Williams as his Special Teams Player of the Week in his latest MMQB column. King: “Almost seven months after fumbling one punt and muffing another in the NFC title game loss to the Giants, Kyle Williams returned two punts in a sure-handed way for 28 yards.”

Jim Trotter of SI.com recently visited 49ers camp and filed his observation in a training camp postcard report. Trotter: “It’s debatable which construction job is more impressive: the one that has been done to the team’s roster the last half-dozen years, or the one being done next door, where a state-of-the-art stadium is rising from a former parking lot. The 49ers clearly are one of the league’s more talented squads, with a defense that will challenge for the lead in every major statistical category, a kicking game that is second to none, including the one across the bay in Oakland, and an offense that should be upgraded by additions to the passing game.”

49ers.com’s Fan Fest coverage included a practice report, a written recap of the fan’s experience, a blog on Randy Moss’ unique interactions with fans, a video recap of Fan Fest and photos from the event.

Click here to submit photos from Fan Fest.


Thanks to everyone who came out to 49ers Fan Fest.

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52 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 13”

  1. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    after watching tolzein on friday night in the swirling,cold fog of candlestick,and then watching him spin the ball at fanfest I am of the opinion that he is far more ready to play right now than kaepernick and hope he wins the back-up job to alex smith.the rest of the pre-season will be spent watching the battle between tolzein and kaepernick. I think tolzein will win the job hands down. the guy is money and we need to keep him.arizona would put him in as the starter right now.I would rather lose johnson and kap in order to keep tolzein.

  2. By Alexfan on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    IF JH and TB ask my opinion, I’ll vote for TOlzein.

    With his college credentials (153 QB rating), his SD performance against SF and his Friday night performance, he is a winner.

    He has the best release and most accurate arm on the team (Isaac Sopoaga excluded) Just kidding.

  3. By layzie16 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    i dont know about Kyle Williams…i feel that he is trying to do too much which got him into trouble last season…there was no need to try and leap over the Vikings defender on that nice punt return…had he gone around him im thinking that he had enough blockers in front of him to get inside the redzone…and then on the next punt he was lucky that the defender that tackled him didnt go for the strip…it just seems that he is looking to impress instead of thinking team first

  4. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I agree about Tolzein over Kap right now.

  5. By DJWW on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


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  7. By DJWW on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Not working

  8. By GLC on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    This cracks me up! One game and let’s call Tolzien our savior?!! I hope you all remember Nate Davis…

  9. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Iknow DJWW its been hard to post all day

  10. By MexicanNinerFan on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I will support everyones opinion, i would rather take Tolzien over Johnson and probably just keep Kaepernick as a red zone threat or wildcat plays if they have any on playbook…I like how Scott threw the ball stay in the pocket and read opponents defense, something Collin needs to improve… Johnson he has arm but probably not what the niners need right now! But whoever stays or probalbly all of them (1 in practice squad) i hope they contribute for next seasons road to the SUPERBOWL! GO NINERS! ALL THE WAY!

  11. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ Alexfan,you are spot on,tolzein had a stellar college career,and he looks like an nfl qb already,he takes command of the huddle and the guy is scary accurate,but those who have been on this blog long enough know that I have been talking up tolzein for months now

  12. By 9er 9er on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Watched a few games over the weekend. I can describe the Niners game in one word…depth! Everywhere! One example: Bret Swain, a name you will hardly hear, if at all during the regular season. Touchdown catch from Alex and key block that sprung Kappy on that nice run for a score. There are guys that will be cut soon that would have easily made this team a few seasons ago. Seahawks game: Not close to the depth that we have, but, there starters looked really good. We better bring our “A” game when we play them, especially at their house. Rams game: Indy’s new rookie quarterback made the Rams Defense look like a bunch of rookies! Nuff said. Cardinals game I didn’t watch, no comment. Pertaining to the Niners performance, I’m going to use an a catch phrase from an old 70′s tv sitcom…Looking Goooooood!

  13. By LEW on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    all of you people are going by preseason games( what has he done as a starter) oh I almost forgot he is not a starter and never will be he is a statue with no way of getting away from a blitz or anything; Kap is next in line to start if a. hole smith does not get it done this year(super bowl win) kap is more athletic and has just as much vision as tolz does. I guess that is why i guess you all are not talent evaluators

  14. By ronnielott42 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    i agree, the seahawks did look surprisingly good. they have a stiff defense and like him or hate him T.O. can be a prob in the red zone due to his size. i also think wilson looked good the other night buuuuutttt i like how we ran the ball and the fact that we are so deep as a team that we dont have to play our starters and risk injury. i think the variety of offensive formations we can employ do to our player depth will give defenses fits, who are they gonna cover?. our offense will now catch up to our defense. we are in a great situation right now and i think this is our year. GO NINERS!

  15. By LxAZ49erEmpire on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Johnson gotta go! Scott Tolzien, “Baby Drew Brees.” is too good to cut. Tolizien looks much better than CK but CK could be use as a wild cat type threat.

  16. By bhemp11 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    All of the sudden the Smith haters have disappeared??? Now its Kap haters and Tolz lovers!!! Funny stuff….says NINER LOVER!!!!!!!

  17. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I know im not hating on kap just stating the obvious, tolzein looks much more ready to play than kap,and im not froming that opinion on tolzeins last years pre-season and this years 1st pre-season game,I also watched tolzeins college career and the kid was looing like an nfl qb back then,,,norv turner was hoping he could hide tolzein last year but the kid tore it up against the 49ers and coach harbaugh liked whjat he saw and signed the kid right away, I dont forget a thing and tolzein was spinning the ball last year in the 49er vs chargers final pre-season game and he has only gotten better

  18. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    lew you are out of your mind if you think kap has just as much vision as tolzein

  19. By spike on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    ELEVEN YEARS must have taken the day off to go watch his favorite teams in Oakland tonite.

  20. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    impossible posting on here today

  21. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


  22. By baytownballer on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    couldn’t agree more about Tolzien earning the 2nd spot. he looked great. Also, I would place Josh at 3rd string. Josh has real NFL experience (4 year with Tampa) a fantastic arm plus, he has familiarity with Harbaugh. I like kaepernick…hes a great athlete…but he’s is the west coast Tim Tebow, and that is NOT a bad thing!! Anyone notice how kaepernick and James ran that U of Oregon style offense? Think we’re on to something here?

  23. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    lol have not been able to get on all day …this go through

  24. By johninchina on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I admire Donte Wittner for his skills and his team spirit, but Drew Brees? Last time I checked he was with the “Aints” and Tolzien is a 49er . . . and looked real, real good in his first attempt at qb for us, albeit a preseason game, he has the instincts of another 49er – named “Joe” and that’s good enough for me . . . i haven’t seen the likes of that since 1980 when “that guy Joe” came in and took the team down the field and scored and the rest is history; we never looked back for the next 10 years. Greg Roman and Coach Harbaugh, you guys, you too Fangio and Seeley, are tops, absolutely the best coaching staff in the NFL hands down . . . your preparation and play calling made every quarterback look good in playing to their respective strengths. Excellent work !!!

  25. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    yay …ok well…. preseason…. and looked like it both teams were rather slow …trying to not get hurt…..but hey a win is a win it bolsters the young guys …soo good there

  26. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    GLC…who called Tolzien savior? Did someone use those words OR are you just choosing to streeeeeeeeeeetch the truth of what someone is saying?

  27. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    coaching looked good as well great job to all coaches …..defense was lax but eh that will be fixed next game for sure

  28. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    safe bet dixon will eithr be special teams or gone ..prob gone …man i thought he would be good backup to gore just never materialized

  29. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    LEW…Kap is more athletic than Tolzien, I will give you that. BUT better vision you say? Do you even understand QB’in?

  30. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


  31. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    now he threw where the open guy was great …short throws …still not convinced he can throw the deep ball to spread out the offense …wich has been his problem all this time ….but still not bad ….just need to see more …because hey that whole drive was scripted for like 3 weeks …so we shall see whe he gets out there and the defense is adjusting and alex is not …or maybe he learned we shall see …..wooot for colin that was awesome …just a tease for next year thanks colin keep it up ….tolzien …wow reads are good and ball comes out fast ….needs a bit more time to settle in but looks real good

  32. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    oooops that last one was for Alex ….id give em a C+ for that drive ….and colin a solid B …because he almost got caught lol …nice work colin great run ….have not jumped out of my seat for a while now was great

  33. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    # 1 D-FENSE 2012: You absolutely right. Its amazing how people twist what you say or streeeetch the truth. Just because someone is giving Scott Tolzien props does not mean we have to be hating on Kap. Some of you people on here are so emotional “BLACK & WHITE” mentality.

  34. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Geeeeeez people, stop being emotional and start using logic and try to develop a small sense of football IQ. Just because you give props to a guy does not mean you in love or if you do not does not mean you hate.

  35. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    well dave g. you and I know whats up,I mean maybe others beside you and myself should fangios comments about tolzein and his play.

  36. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ GLC; yes I remember nate davis,, the dude who played div ll college ball, he never looked like tolzein did in school,where he,tolzein, had by the way a career 156 qb rating,,geez,,your right dave g. some people

  37. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    if tolzein comes in after alex against the texans this saturday,that would give us an insight to where harbaugh is going with his qb’s this year I think,,as we all know,game 3 of the pre-season is where we see most of the starters play into the 3rd qtr. and the last pre-season game is for guys on the bubble.
    in all honesty ,and harbaugh,fangio and roman echoed this sentiment,kap looked a bit flat out there on friday and tolzein looked real good made great reads to his 2nd and 3rd recievers and would have had a td to owusu had his arm not been hit for the int,not his fault,yhe line has to hold up

  38. By Fly'n Hawaiian Niner Fan on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I feel out of the whole first preseason game Rock Cartwright impressed me the most. i think he is the most under rated player. the dude is a beast and talented and expierence. he needs more playing time.

  39. By layzie16 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    hey #1defense i cant remember where i read it but it said that Tolzien has been switched with JJ for the next game…either way i think youre right…Tolzien is far ahead of CK…or maybe it was just first games jitters for CK…besides the long run he had trouble going through his progressions…i doubt that they will get rid of him though..i mean he was a 2nd rounder and still has more potential than any of the other QBs…what i mean is…CK can learn to do what ST does, of course it will take time…but can ST do what CK does…you cant teach those natural physical abilities…and JJ doesnt look too bad either…all in all its not a bad problem to have…4 NFL ready QBs i mean…im pulling for all of them

  40. By ace on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


  41. By ace on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    lets all chip in to buy eleven years old a #11 jersey like mine, wait nevermind he wouldnt wear it cuz he’s not a 49er fan…..just saying…go niners !!!

  42. By dave g. on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    You right on Layzie16 on your accessment.

  43. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    yes Layzie,but can we afford to wait around for kap to pick it up? tolzein has shown in his limited playing time that he can play

  44. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds good to hear about actual football, I like that there is competition for the back up spot, its pushing both of these young guys to get better everyday. Atleast we know we will keep both and have them keep progressing? Whats going on at RB are we really going to keep 4 guys?

  45. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry that second sentence was not a question lol

  46. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    the following is a quote from coach harbaugh taken from the san jose mercury news. when asked about scott tolzein coach jim harbaugh replied” He’s been real accurate in practice,and in the game, he has good command of the offense and gets the ball out quick”, now I loved kaps run just as much as anyone but I have never heard coach say that about kaepernick,,.making the next 3 pre-season games that much more intriquing. kaepernick better have a strong showing in houston cuz if tolzein shines again,2nd rounder or not, the last spot up for grabs will be between kap and j.j.,,,man isnt this great stuff we fans have got to talk about finally?? thank you jed york trent ballke coaches harbaugh fangio roman and all staff, you have brought our football program back to respectable status

  47. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    wow you guys waitied and waited and waited some more for average alex to be just that average and yet 2nd year guy gets the bust boot ….tooo funny you guys are hipocrits

  48. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    11,who said kap is a bust?

  49. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    all anyone has said is that it appears that tolzein is more ready to play than kap,and it could lead to his demise, hell, even coach harbaugh can be QUOTED as saying that kap has looked RUNNING the ball in red zone drills but has struggled with his accuracy.

  50. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    man,it sucks not being able to post more than 5-6 sentences at a time on this blog

  51. By Ninerlife on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Game winning touchdown Konrad Reuland? Underrated. Whoever the backup QB is gonna be throw to him more

  52. By dave g. on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Some old streeeeeeeetching their truth and they want to add “too funny”. Whats “too funny” is Eleven and others who want to streeeeetch the truth because they are reaching for a dig. Really…Eleven someone said Kap gets the bust boot???? Tell us where that was said!

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