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.