Zach Kline and Jared Goff are the last two standing in the race for Cal’s starting quarterback job.
Coach Sonny Dykes told reporters after Sunday’s seventh practice of fall camp that Kline and Goff have separated themselves from junior Austin Hinder and will duel for the job.
“Zach and Jared will get the majority of the first team reps. They’ll split it up. And Austin won’t get as many,” Dykes said. “We’ll let those two guys kind of compete and see what happens between the two of them.”
Dykes said he has been pleased with all three quarterbacks and said Hinder probably improved the most over the summer. “But right now, Zach and Jared have kind of set themselves apart,” he said.
During team periods Sunday, Kline was 5 for 6 for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Goff was 10 for 13 for 77 yards.
The Bears will hold their first fully padded scrimmage Monday at 4:30 p.m. The scrimmage is open to the public. Cal is asking fans to refrain from taking photos or video during practice.
Dykes said he anticipates virtually all of his players getting some opportunity to participate, including running back Brendan Bigelow, who had knee surgery last spring and has been held out of some action the past week.
“I think it’s probably important to get Bigelow out there, let him get hit a little bit, let him finish some runs, get his pads down,” Dykes said. “I think that’s always the next step, getting comfortable after an injury — going live and getting it tested live.”
I did not attend Sunday’s practice, but Dykes characterized it as emotional.
“We had a little flair up, we got past it, and we’ll move on and learn from it,” he said. “We’ve got to learn how to handle it, but it’s a positive sign that our guys care and compete against each other.
“We need to have a scrimmage. We need to let our guys hit and mix it up a little bit.”