Two days after Oregon’s defense and a severe rainstorm sent Cal quarterback Jared Goff to the bench, the Bears had Goff and Zach Kline share practice time on Monday.
Coach Sonny Dykes said after the 55-16 loss to the Ducks that Goff likely would remain the starter.
“If I had to make a guess, that’d be my guess,” Dykes said Monday, when asked to speculate on who will start Saturday against Washington State. “We’ll see how they perform this week. We felt like Zach warranted some more reps.”
Meanwhile, Dykes explained he booted junior defensive end Chris McCain from the team Sunday following “a series of things that date back for a while.”
He said there was no single incident during or after the Oregon game that sparked the decision, but declined to provide further details.
“Anytime you do that it’s a very difficult decision because it has an impact on a young person’s life,” said Dykes, adding that McCain will be kept on scholarship this year and continue to attend classes.
Senior nose tackle Deandre Coleman said he was surprised by the move.
“The team was hurt. He’s a friend, he’s a brother,” Coleman said. “Coach is always going to do what he feels is best for the team. Most guys understood. I understand. I’m a team player.”
Goff, who lost two fumbles in the first quarter at Oregon, practiced some wearing a glove. “It may be something he decides to do, may be something he hates,” Dykes said.
Goff was the nation’s total offense leader as a true freshman through three games. Kline, a redshirt freshman, completed 18 of 37 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his college debut.
Monday’s practice ended nearly a half-hour early because of a campus-wide power outage that prevented use of lights at Menorial Stadium.
Starting right tackle Steven Moore (head), cornerback Kam Jackson (lower leg) and reserve running back Khalfani Muhammad (head) were on the sideline, but Dykes said he he expects all three to play Saturday.
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