- Jeff Tedford and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast both said today that freshman cornerback Stefan McClure is going to start getting more playing time. Pendergast said “we’re just going to commit to playing him.” That means playing him at corner and at nickel. Pendergast said it will become a three-man rotation at corner with McClure, Steve Williams and Marc Anthony. “He is a guy that we’ve identified that’s going to be out there a lot for the rest of the games.”
- OLB Ryan Davis missed practice with an arm contusion, but Tedford said he should be back for the Oregon game with no problem. The bye week obviously gives any injured players more time to get healthy.
- With the bye week, Pendergast expects OLB Dave Wilkerson to be close to 100 percent by the Oregon game. Wilkerson has been limited the past few weeks with an ankle injury. That being said, freshmen Chris McCain and Cecil Whiteside will continue to see extended playing time at outside linebacker. “All three of those guys are works in progress,” Pendergast said. “They are developing young players that just need to play. They are good athletes with good upside. They just need to continue to play and learn by trial and error.”
- Pendergast on the defense so far this season: “We need to play better, obviously. We’re giving up too many yards and too many big plays.”