After practice Wednesday, with 10 days left until the season opener, coach Sonny Dykes expressed confidence that the defense — hindered through fall camp by a series of nagging injuries — is beginning to take shape.
“Defensively, I think we’ve made some major strides the past two or three days,” he said. “I think that’s starting to get more solidified out there. It’s cleaning up. It’s what you want.
“Guys are starting to settle into their position and understanding what we’re doing defensively. We threw a lot of stuff at them, and now we’re getting a little more focused and narrowed down now that we’re starting preparation for Northwestern.”
MLB Nick Forbes, after practicing the two previous days, was off. Dykes said he likely would be one on, one off through next week. Expect him to play against Northwestern.
DE Brennan Scarlett continues to wear a red jersey and DE Sione Sina was on the side. Not sure either of them will be available for the opener.
But DTs Jacobi Hunter (shoulder) and Harrison Wilfley (shoulder) returned, as did CB Adrian Lee (ankle). Safety Jason Gibson did some work.
Safety Avery Sebastian, nine days removed from a concussion he sustained in a scrimmage, is doing non-contact drills on the side.
Dykes said redshirt freshman Demariay Drew will “probably” start the opener, but added, I think — and this is a lot of supposition on my part — Avery will probably be dressed and be available.”
LT Freddie Tagaloa got the day off just to rest the ankle he sprained nearly two weeks ago. In his place, Brian Farley and Bill Tyndall got reps. Tyndall, returning after surgery to repair a broken ankle in March, is practicing at both tackle spots.
Golden Bear Day (formerly Fan Appreciation Day) is set for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Goldman Plaza at Memorial Stadium. The free event follows an 11 a.m. football practice (that no longer will be a scrimmage).
About 300 Cal athletes, including the football team, are expected to be on hand to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs. Athletes will be limited to signing one item per fan, and the first 3,000 fans will be given an 11×17 autograph card.
For kids, there will be a scavenger hunt, face painting, temporary tattoo station and other games.
Because Saturday is student move-in day on campus, parking will be challenging. Cal encourages the use of public transportation.
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