The Cal offense was much more efficient — and faster — in Saturday’s second scrimmage than it was five days earlier.
“I liked what I saw today,” Dykes said. “We were a lot cleaner, a lot less penalties. Tempo was much better. Still got a long way to go.”
Newly installed starting quarterback Jared Goff was 12 for 19 for 113 yards with two touchdowns and an interception — his first of fall camp. Zach Kline was 14 for 17 for 156 yards and one TD.
Dykes was happy with both players, as he was with third-stringer Austin Hinder.
The tempo was noticeably faster . . . but 80 snaps in 60 minutes was not fast enough for Dykes’ liking.
“That was kind of slow, honestly,” he said with a completely straight face. “Typically, it’s about 30 minutes for 80 plays. We have some special teams in the middle there that slowed us down.”
Junior running back Brendan Bigelow, coming off a knee injury that kept him out of spring ball, rushed five times for 51 yards.
“I thought he was good,” Dykes said. “We wanted to get him the ball some, see how he reacts. Anytime you suffer a knee injury like that you want to come back and be comfortable. I think he gets more comfortable every practice.
“He looked a lot more dynamic today than he did a week ago. I think his comfort level is part of that. We’ve got to be smart about how much he gets, but at the same time we’ve got to get him ready for the 31st.”
Less than two weeks before the Aug. 31 opener, and defensive end Brennan Scarlett continues to wear a bulky wrap on his left hand and a red jersey in practice. Mostly, be waits.
Scarlett broke the hand twice last season, then developed an infection that was bad enough he needed surgery to clean it out. “My horror story,” Scarlett calls it.
The complications finally were gone by late April, but neither his doctors nor coaches are taking any chances. He still is not cleared to participate in contact drills.
“It was a pretty intense experience I went through,” Scarlett said. “I kind of want this hand for the rest of my life.”
Dykes said he expects Scarlett to see a doctor this week. Defensive coordinator Andy Buh said, “We’re all optimistic. Don’t think I don’t wake up every day wondering if Brennan Scarlett’s coming back.”
Dykes said safety Avery Sebastian, injured in Monday’s scrimmage, could begin to resume practicing next week. He said Sebastian is going through concussion protocols but stopped short of confirming the junior suffered a concussion.
Among other defensive players who didn’t play Saturday was defensive end Sione Sina, a JC transfer who arrived with a knee injury and was limping along the sideline during the scrimmage. Dykes said he hopes to play Sina but wouldn’t rule out redshirting him.
The Bears’ starting offensive line isn’t set in stone, but Dykes said he’s pleased with the five players who now have worked together for more than a week: LT Freddie Tagaloa, LG Jordan Rigsbee, C Chris Adcock, RG Matt Cochran, RT Steven Moore.
“There’s still some battles for some starts, but the line you saw today certainly has the lead right now,” Dykes said. “We feel pretty good about it.”
Linebacker Nathan Broussard injured his left knee late in the scrimmage. Dykes said he didn’t know the nature or severity of the injury yet.
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