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Football: Late night at Memorial Stadium

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 11:33 pm in Football, Mid-week.

Cal’s practice Monday ended at exactly 10 p.m. — and would have gone longer but the timer shut off the lights at Memorial Stadium, so players ran jubilantly into the north tunnel to escape darkness.

A Reader’s Digest version of Monday’s highlights:

– Receiver Bryce Treggs dislocated the pinkie finger on his right hand early in practice and sat out the rest of the night. But coach Sonny Dykes said Treggs will be fine and will play Saturday against Ohio State. “I don’t think it’s any big deal,” Dykes said. “I think they’ll put him in a cast or splint. I expect him to practice tomorrow.”

– Defensive end Chris McCain (head) sat out practice and likely will miss his second straight game, Dykes said.

– Linebacker Michael Barton could miss the Ohio State after spraining his knee against Portland State. Dykes said it’s “nothing major” and that Barton doesn’t have much swelling, but he classified him as questionable for this week.

– Linebacker Nick Forbes (back) participated in limited drills, but did no contact. Dykes said he will get more practice time each day, but won’t be rushed back. His status for Saturday sounds doubtful still.

– Likewise, defensive end Brennan Scarlett (hand) and defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil (knee) remain out. No real progress with either.

– Receiver Chris Harper (shoulder) sat out, as he has done routinely at times the past couple weeeks, but will play Saturday. Receiver Kenny Lawler (head) was back at practice after missing the Portland State game. No. 2 running back Daniel Lasco (hamstring), who sat out Saturday, returned to practice.

– The status of safety Damariay Drew (head) is uncertain after he took a blow on Saturday. He skipped Monday’s workout. Linebacker-turned safety Jason Gibson got some reps with the 1s and will compete this week for a possible starting job, Dykes said.

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  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Hang in there guys! Thanks for playing your hearts out and for putting your bodies on the line. I am proud to be a Golden Bear! GoBears!

  • rotfogel

    Wow, lots of defensive injuries. Cal will need to put up some points to win the game.

  • wehofx

    Break glass in case of emergency. Time to move Hinder to safety?

  • 707 Bear

    Our defense is thinner than….

  • covinared

    Boehem to linebacker? My freshman year the previous year’s qb, Charlie Young, moved to cornerback.

  • daredevilfan

    You just can’t replace some of the names above. They were from our stellar defense classes. We haven’t had stellar classes since then. We need to win now to be able to have stellar classes again. The stars are not aligning and I feel like we are going to miss our chance to catch lightning in a bottle with Dykes if we can’t get out top players back on the field. This is really a bummer.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    We as fans need to soberly understand and accept the personnel issues on the defensive side of the ball. That means we have to make MORE NOISE at the games and hope that those players that are playing can get better quickly, obviously.

    There is hope, imho. If Forbes, Scarlett, McCain, Lowe, Jalil and Barton are all back and full strength by the wsu game I think this defense will get significantly better and be a force by the second half of the season. If only a couple of the above come back it will continue to be u-g-l-y at times. If none were to come back it will be horrific! Let’s all do some health dances and direct thoughts of healing to the banged up Bears!

    And it sure is nice to enjoy some offense for a change. Thanks Sonny. Go Bears!

  • wehofx

    #4…than the thread to which kiffin and mack brown hang on to their jobs.

    BSB, I hope you’re wrong but I fear you’re right.

    Good news/Bad news from Nam Le & H Hewitt on twitter:

    Confirmed OSU visitors so far: Mixon, Trevon Lee, Juju Smith, Drew Clarkson, J. Winchester, and now Michiah Quick. More too, obv.

    Dykes said 150 recruits will be at the Ohio State game. Yes, 150! Lots of unofficial visits and Class of 2015 guys.

    Go Bears! Shock the Football World!

  • eephus

    #4…than my mom’s pancakes…and they’re so thin they only have one side.

    Go Bears!!!