Football: Spring practice No. 9

I’m still out here Las Vegas covering hoops, but  apparently there were a few new wrinkles Wednesday at Cal spring practice.

Kyle Boehm, ostensibly the fourth-string quarterback, saw some time at receiver, at least partly in response to the club’s injury situation.

“We’re a little beat up across the board,” coach Sonny Dykes said. “Kyle got a little receiver, did some good things. He’s a good athlete. He’s a guy we thought we’d put out there and see what he can do.”

Boehm also took some shotgun snaps out of what was described as a “wildcat” running formation.

Likewise, junior Austin Hinder — dueling with freshman Jared Goff and redshirt freshman Zach Kline — for the starting quarterback spot, got a few reps at both receiver and running back.

Dykes did not indicate this suggests the QB battle is down to two players. What he said was that because Boehm and Hinder have backgrounds as running quarterbacks, the coaching staff wants to see what they have to offer in different roles.

“We’ll be creative,” he said. “We’re still trying to see what those guys can do from a running standpoint. If (Boehm) and Hinder can run, they’re the two guys who have a running background.”

Just a guess, but this also may be laying some groundwork in the event that the QB competition does become a Goff vs. Kline thing, the other guys still believe they will be utilized in some way. Dykes probably doesn’t wany any more defections at this point.

“These guys are good athletes,” he said. “We’re going to try to figure out a place for them.”

Wide receiver Joel Willis, who has played some at running back this spring, has a broken foot and is scheduled for Friday surgery to have a screw inserted, Dykes said. His expected recovery time is about a month.

Wide receiver Griffin Piatt also is injured and expected to miss the remainder of spring ball, although Dykes did not specify the nature of the injury. (My apologies — the hazards of being one state away).

Linebacker Khairi Fortt has been limited in practice this week because of a minor hamstring injury. Dykes said he could be cleared in time for Friday’s workout, but he won’t be rushed back.


Jeff Faraudo