Football: No decision close on starting QB

 No clarity still on the three-man competition for Cal’s No. 1 quarterback job.

Coach Sonny Dykes said after Wednesday’s third day of practice that Jared Goff, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder all performed well.

“I thought today was Jared’s best day,” Dykes said. “I thought Zach continued to look good — he’s gotten better and better every practice. Austin’s done some good stuff as well.”

Dykes said there has been no significant separation among the three. “Still probably a little early,” he said. “We’ll start to see one of those guys get a little bit more settled, a little bit more confident.

“You say, `How do you know when it happens?’ You don’t really. You get the sense. His teammate start to respond to it and you say, `OK, here’s the guy.’

“We’ll try to let that happen naturally, and if it doesn’t we’ll force the issue a little bit.”

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said all three have had good moments and bad moments through three days of practice. He expects to know more when they have to face a live pass rush in practice.

Still, he’s seen progress since spring ball ended.

“They’ve all gotten better,” Franklin said. “That’s the neat thing — they’re all better than they were in the spring and I wasn’t sure they would be. They showed me that they worked, and that’s good.”


— With projected starting right OT Bill Tyndall still not ready to play after a broken ankle he sustained at the end of spring ball, Dykes said redshirt freshman Steven Moore has played well enough to perhaps get a shot at the vacant spot. Redshirt freshman Christian Okafor also is playing well, Dykes said.


— Dykes said that safety Alex Logan is mostly recovered from a small fracture in his foot he sustained this summer and could start practicing next week.


— Freshman offensive tackle J.D. Hinnant, who was involved in a car accident last November, isn’t expected to do contact drills this fall and will red-shirt, Dykes said. “We think he’s going to be a really good one. But we weren’t really counting on him (this season),” Dykes said.


— Sophomore OLB Jalen Jefferson had one of five interceptions by the defense on Wednesday and drew praise from Dykes. “He’s just playing so fast right now,” Dykes said. “He really showed up all day long.” Cornerbacks Kam Jackson and Stefan McClure also stood out.


— Starting left OT Freddie Tagaloa returned to practice the day after rolling his ankle on Tuesday.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Darryl

    I’m happy to see Jalen Jefferson continue to play well since the spring. When I went to the spring game, he was one of the players that really stood out.

    Really liking our LB core.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    At a certain point, “no one is separating themselves” starts to sound like no one is competent for the system. How do you know when that moment happens? You don’t really. You get the sense. The coaches won’t respond to any more QB specifics and you say, `OK, there is no guy.’

  • Rollonubears

    Maybe they are all just that good. That’d be nice.

  • covinared

    Reading between the lines, it looks to me like Goff is doing the best so far.

  • Eric

    Interesting takes by Wisdom Cow and Rollon. Of course, one has been fairly negative on Dykes while the other one hasn’t.

  • ScottyBear

    Sounds like they are all performing at a stellar level, and Dykes is saying none of the three has petered out yet. Good news in my book. Sounds like it’s either Goff or Kline which means we have a potential 4-year starter (NFL aside) and finally some stability. Hinder and Boehm also sound like in the game plan with the wildcat. Love the fact that the Bear Raid gives us so many more plays in a game with its tempo. Go Bears!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Sounds like a legit competition with all its fits and starts – nobody has been ordained a la Ayoob/Riley/Maynard. This is something that has been needed at that position for what 7 years!!?? I hope they all play in week 1 and week 2, then get THE starter decided by the osu game.

    Go Bears!

  • covinared

    Blake: Ayoob wasn’t ordained. Longshore beat him out and then got hurt in the first game.

  • GldnBear71

    And to think that Bridgeford may have been the starter had Tedford stuck around.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Eric, mine was a play on Dykes words, nothing more.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Ayoob certainly seemed to be ordained starter when Longshore went down. It took about 8 terrible games before JT thankfully went with Levy. I’m just saying that Dykes seems to be allowing ALL the qbs to at least believe that they can actually become the starter. With JT it seemed like he had his guy and that was it. Dykes >> JT in this regard. I don’t think JT would have even let Goff consider not-redshirting – but that is total speculation.

    Go Bears!

  • Looking closely at only Coach Dykes comment -“I thought today was Jared’s best day, I thought Zach continued to look good — he’s gotten better and better every practice. Austin’s done some good stuff as well”-it appears to me that Kline probably has the inside track since he is the only one that coach said “continued to look good” which implies some consistency. Also, he was the only QB that he says has gotten “better and better every practice” which implies moving forward in the right direction versus “today was Jared’s best day” or “Austin’s done some good stuff as well” which to me implies some inconsistency. Granted, it is only one comment, so we’ll see. Go Bears!

  • GldnBear71


    The nightmare is hopefully over.

  • ScottyBear

    Longshore is the one on that least who was great until his ankle injury up at Oregon. Who can forget being #1 for 30 minutes in 2007. That was all him as QB. That was also the year after the media was in love with Cal in 2006 – Lee Corso had us predicted in the NC game against West Virginia.

    I still rank Riley’s game against Air Force in the bowl game as a classic. He looked so confident leading us in the 2nd half. Tedford slowly tanked him from then on.

  • 1brsfan

    I would argue that Longshore was actually a pretty good QB and in 2007 had us on the cusp of being #1 in the country. If you recall we started out 5-0 with a big road win at top 10 Oregon, until he injured his ankle at the tail end of that game. No doubt in my mind that we would have been #1 had he not been injured. Let’s not forget our next game vs. Oregon St. for the Riley bonehead play and Tedford slamming his headset. Longshore (and Cal Football) was never the same after that fateful night.

  • Will

    Where the heck is Juancho in the middle of all of this? I have an image of him sitting in the corner curled up in the fetal position until a decision has been made on the starting QB.