Matt Cochran, Cal’s starting right offensive guard, will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a high ankle sprain and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.
“They’re going to fuse the bone back together,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said.
Dykes said Alejandro Crossthwaite and Bill Tyndall will be among those competing for the spot while Cochran, a redshirt freshman, recovers.
“We’re going to have some competition at a bunch of spots on the offensive line,” Dykes said. “They’re all up for grabs,” Dykes said.
That includes left tackle, where sophomore Freddie Tagaloa has started the first three games.
“If you have a guy like Freddie who has tremendous potential, you want him to play to that potential. You don’t want him to be satisfied,” Dykes said. “I think he’s played adequate, not as well as he can play.”
Tyndall and Christian Okafor will be in the mix for for the left tackle spot, Dykes said.
“If we were 3-0 and ranked fifth in the country we’d be challenging guys,” said Dykes, whose club is 1-2 after a 52-34 loss to Ohio State. “I don’t know if we were fourth we would be.”
Dykes also confirmed that defensive end Sione Sina, a junior college transfer, has undergone ACL knee surgery and will redshirt this year. Sina, a junior from College of San Mateo, has not played in a game this season.
Cal is practicing Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday during this bye week, then will return for a Sunday session in preparation for its Sept. 28 game at Oregon.