Football: Offense starts fast, defense rallies

Here’s a more complete recap of Saturday’s scrimmage, thanks to my colleague, Phil Jensen, who attended practice in a pinch-hit role while I’m in Las Vegas covering hoops:

The offense had a fast start, but the defense rallied near the end of Cal’s first spring intra-squad scrimmage.

Quarterbacks Jared Goff, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder played in that order, and each threw touchdowns on their first drives. But coach Sonny Dykes said the order didn’t necessarily reflect the order of the team’s upcoming first depth chart.
“I think we just stuck them out there and let them go play. We will assess it,” Dykes said.
The first depth chart will probably be released Monday.
Goff opened with a drive where he completed six of his nine passes, including a 32-yard TD to Bryce Treggs. Goff completed 13 of his 23 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
“We put him in this situation today to go out there first to see how he handled it, and get an evaluation on that, and thought he did fine. I don’t think it bothered him a bit,” Dykes said. “That was encouraging.”
It took Kline only one pass to reach the end zone. On his first drive, he connected with Joel Willis for a 97-yard touchdown. Kline’s pass traveled approximately 50 yards. Kline completed 6 of his 8 passes for 134 yards.
Then Hinder took over at quarterback on the third drive and completed five straight passes, including a touchdown to Maurice Harris. Hinder finished 6 for 10 for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Kyle Boehm was 0 for 3 with an interception in his only series.
Bryce McGovern had a team-high six catches for 49 yards, and Treggs had three catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense also had some impressive plays later in the scrimmage. Kyle Kragen and Mustafa Jalil got pressure on the quarterback. Isaac Lapite, Kameron Jackson and Khairi Fortt all defended passes well. Avery Sebastian produced a hit that drew “oohs” from the small crowd in the stands.
“I thought the offense came out pretty hot, you know, got a little momentum,” Dykes said. “Then I thought the defense did a good job of getting back.” 

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow


    Do we know if the coaching staff is zeroed in on the scrimmages, or if there is also some action on the recruiting front as well for next season?


    I ask because I’ve read a great number of headlines regarding top recruits getting attention from several top programs in the past week+, which I think is an incredibly smart move on their part. They all just watched the guys a year in front of them finish up their recruiting experiences, so they probably like the idea of “their turn” starting ASAP. Also, it makes an impression on the attention side of things as well.

    Now, Cal starting new schemes under a new regime means great focus and attention must be spent on the current players, but I’d see it as a huge opportunity to sell the product to current high school seniors as well. I’m hoping at least some of the top targets are being contacted. If made to feel like they are part of Dykes’ first year, through updates and attention, it may help sway them come the next signing period, especially if results on the field show promise.

  • Juancho

    Bovine cal has another big junior day scheduled for the day of the spring game. So theyre working it.

    I thought this when tosh was here. And i think it still. We are a recruiting sleeping giant. Kids want to be that group who stays home and makes the Cal rosebowl a reality.

    Je mixons twitter profile now has an image that says “we run the bay” and has him running and the cal logo and memorial stadium. Michael lazarus photo has him in a cal jersey. These two plus the three studs from el cerrito have the chance to undonthe shaq fiasco.

  • Juancho

    Another reminder cal athletics uploads these interviews in entirety on youtube after each practice.

  • wehofx

    Juancho, yeah, I’ve seen their twitters. it does look good for us! time for p ingram and the rest of the staff to take the next step.

    on Inky’s performance, I’ve read reports from practice/scrimmage that he has gunned balls into impossibly tight windows.

    my prediction, goff is 1 on this week’s qb depth chart. SD will try to harness Inky’s gun slinger mentality in order to cut down on the forces and int’s.

    a week or or 2 into summer camp, zk will be named the starter. how can sd and tf resist challenging D’s w an nfl caliber arm?

    Competition is good!

  • Suttree

    Inky? Never heard that one…