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Football: Wednedsay practice update

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm in Football, Mid-week.

Disclaimer: I did not attend Cal’s practice today. But here are some highlights from coach Sonny Dykes’ post-practice remarks:

Dykes said he’s been very pleased with practice all week, noting particularly that it’s “been our best week defensively, by far.”

He explained he spent much of Monday and Tuesday at the defensive end of the field, primarily to assist the scout team because he’s so familiar with Washington State’s Air Raid offense.

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Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Zach Kline, sharing reps with the first team, both have practiced well this week, said Dykes, who expects to formally name a starter on Thursday. Figure it will be Goff.

“He’s pretty unflappable,” Dykes said of the true freshman, who has started every game so far. “Zach’s really had a good week of practice. I’m really happy with the way Zach’s responded, really happy with the way Jared’s responded.”

Running back Brendan Bigelow has had a strong week, and Dykes believes the reason is simple. “I think he feels better,” Dykes said. “I big part of him playing well, is the way he feels.”

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Dykes said he expects RT Steven Moore (head) to be available for Saturday’s game, but said Bill Tyndall has done a nice job filling in at both RG and RT, and definitely also will play.

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CB Kam Jackson (ankle) was back in pads and on the field, and Dykes also was pleased with improvement he’s seen this week in Isaac Lapite, Joel Willis and Stefan McClure.

“I’m liking what I’m seeing from all the secondary. I think they’re playing with a lot more confidence,” Dykes said. “They’ll get tested Saturday. This is how they make their living, throwing the ball.”

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Perhaps nothing disappointed Dykes more Saturday at Oregon than surrendering two long punt returns for touchdowns to Bralon Addison.

“We had a bunch of issues. It was a combination of a lot of things,” he said. “The first one was a poor punt. The second one was the result of about 15 missed tackles — we had some guys miss tackles twice. Amd obviously the guys’s good. He’s a heck of a punt returner.”

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  • Eric

    Spread for Saturday’s game opened at Cal +3.5. I have seen lines ranging from Cal -1 to Cal +1.5.

  • Ondal

    Wednesday

  • wehofx

    Believe it or not, according to today’s LAT, JT is a candidate for $c job. moron/joey et al LMFAO

  • Larry

    #3. I predicted Tedford ends up at U$C next season a few weeks ago before Lame Kiffen was fired. Seems less crazy now. Tedford is from So Cal & U$C needs a cleaner program, which Tedford can provide. Tedford got burned out at Cal, but U$C likely will give Tedford more support/resources. On top of a year off from coaching to recharge.

  • Larry

    Sonny forgot to mention the refs missed call for a block in the back from a Oregon player on one run back.

  • Josh

    Perhaps all the 4/5* atheletes can learn JT’s offense better.. But in all seriousness I would be a bit sad if he coaches there… Plus he would have taken all of his experiences of head coaching and improve on his failures… That would be deadly with $C’s atheletes

  • Woj

    @4.Larry Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:44 am
    #3. I predicted Tedford ends up at U$C next season a few weeks ago before Lame Kiffen was fired. Seems less crazy now. Tedford is from So Cal & U$C needs a cleaner program, which Tedford can provide. Tedford got burned out at Cal, but U$C likely will give Tedford more support/resources. On top of a year off from coaching to recharge.

    LOL – Tedford at USC. I hope so – Cal might actually beat them more than once every 20 years.

    Tedford was not worn out from coaching Cal football well. Maybe lugging woefully earned bags of money wore him out. It certainly was not the demands of coaching a winning Cal program that wore him out. The man was good at scheduling multiple cupckaes a year to try and qualify for the Polian Weedeater Bowl or Mr. Clean Toilet Bowl. He certainly was not challenging any of the elite teams in the conference.

    Tedford ran a dirty program academically. Cal graduated players at the worst clip in the Pac12. Facts don’t lie. They played undisciplined and at times were uncomposed and showed poor character. All the blowouts at the end of 2012 – again facts don’t lie. Again to USC – please hire this man. I want to see SC punt a lot on 4th and inches.

    Again WSU 52 Cal 28 this week.
    Cal D is a disaster and that starts with the terrible D coordinator Buh.

  • rollonubears

    so sad that beating wsu at home would be a nice surprise. we’ve fallen fast, and jt has been a stubborn, conservative coach since 2004. he basically had 2 good years, then a great one because of AR, which he pissed away by not getting his team up to play southern miss at the end of the season. freaking rose bowl on the line, and we barely win that game. it’s been all downhill from there, with a couple bumps up along the way. he helped get us the stadium. i’m grateful. he helped get us back to where we were in the early 90s, at a time where people were about to write off cal football for good. but now, we’re right back where we were, and that’s all on him. i’d relish the opportunity to beat one of his conservative, predictable squads. i doubt he’ll be a head coach again.

  • ThisisCal

    @rollon-
    I was at that game against Southern Miss. We soundly beat them. Rightly or wrongly, Tedford made the decision not to run up the score.
    There was a large contingent of Texas fans at the game rooting against Cal. And, of course, we all remember what Mack Brown did to rob us of the Rose Bowl. I’ll never forgive him, or UT, for that.

  • BlueNGold

    Cal fans need to get over JT. They need to get over Tosh. That was then, its a new era and a new coach. Time to move on and focus on what needs to be done to fix the defects and move the program forward. And forget about firing Buh, at least for now. He just got his contract and terminating it now would cost big bucks. My own opinion is that the defense is not executing effectively, and that needs to be addressed and changes made.

  • covinared

    I love all the comments that sc would go easier on the academics in light of where we are now with apr.