It remains to be seen if this means anything, but Zach Kline and Jared Goff took a majority of the snaps at quarterback on Thursday during Cal’s fourth practice of fall camp. Austin Hinder, the third QB in the battle for the starting job, got fewer reps.
I could not attend Thursday’s practice, but here’s what coach Sonny Dykes told reporters afterward regarding the limited use of Hinder: “It’s just kind of just what we did today. We’ll evaluate it and come out with a plan tomorrow.”
Dykes liked what he saw from Kline and Goff. He said the ball is coming out more on time than it was earlier in the week, improving the timing between quarterback and receiver.
“It’s faster now, more accurate,” Dykes said. “Those guys worked incredibly hard over the summer and it shows. We’re ahead of where we were in the past.”
Likewise, starting RB Brendan Bigelow saw limited action. Just a decision to minimize wear and tear on a player who had knee surgery in the spring, Dykes said.
“Bigelow feels great. We just want to be smart,” Dykes explained.
MLB Nick Forbes sat out practice after seeing a doctor earlier in the day about his back, which has been tightening up. Dykes said the problem has been intermittent, but he hopes Forbes is back up soon.
Other injury updates: DE Sione Sina “tweaked” his knee, but should be back quickly; DE Chris McCain “dinged” his shoulder and should be OK, Dykes said.
Dykes seems pleased with the progress of the team so far, but isn’t relaxing. “We’ve got to keep our foot on the accelerator.”