Football: Bears ready for modified spring game

Following Friday’s final spring practice, coach Sonny Dykes said the Bears will play strictly offense vs. defense in Saturday’s 4 p.m. spring game at Memorial Stadium.

Because of a series of injuries — few of them serious — the Bears don’t have enough players available to split into two full squads for the spring game.

So the offense will square off against the defense, with the defense scoring points for stops, forcing turnovers, etc.

The event, which will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks, precedes Cal’s NCAA tournament basketball game against Syracuse at HP Pavilion. Tipoff for the basketball game is expected at about 6:40 p.m. on TBS.

Despite the schedule conflict for many fans, Dykes is pleased for coach Mike Montgomery’s squad.

“I’m happy that they’re playing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going home and watching them get to the Sweet 16.”

Dykes said he plans to share the quarterback reps among the three leading candidates for the starting job — Zach Kline, Jared Goff and Austin Hinder.

As to when he and his staff might settle on a No. 1, Dykes said, “We want it to happen as quickly as possible, but we’re not going to force it.”

Admission to the spring game is free.

Jeff Faraudo