Football notebook: Would desperate Golden Bears really resort to using receivers on defense?

As if Cal receiver Chris Harper wasn’t busy enough Saturday against Washington State — catching 13 passes for 217 yards — now he’s a candidate to perhaps play defense?

After injuries continued to strip down the Bears’ ranks at cornerback, coach Sonny Dykes said Harper and fellow receiver Bryce Treggs already have been given some practice reps on defense and will get more.

“We considered both today. We just didn’t feel like they had enough practice,” said Dykes, stressing that they would be used in a game only in an emergency situation.

Dykes also said a couple running backs could get the chance to work at linebacker.

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Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Will they resort to firing some of these unqualified coaches.

    Ingram, buh, yenser.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    RBs as LBs? Seriously?

    I really want to know what McCain did now. I have thought all along (complete guess, mind you) that it was mutiny against Buh having switched him to DE in order to put a crap D on the field. What else could it be? I mean, you don’t resort to RBs unless all other options have been tried, so there is clearly no chance McCain comes back.

    Of course, he’s a DE now, not an LB, so it wouldn’t help Buh anyways.

  • rotfogel


  • rotfogel

    @cow: good point about the players and a possible Mutiny. I did not expect the D to be that bad at all. The only time I can remember this bad a defense was the Holmoe years but there was a difference, there is more talent on this defense than on those defenses. That said there are quite a bit of injuries.

    I would like someone to fire Andy Buh the same way that Mack Brown fired his D coordinator two weeks ago. Just plain ol’ “thanks for your time, goodbye’.

    Another point of contention: we have a ton of injuries this year, I remember the team didn’t really practice fundamentals as much in order to preserve health during the fall practices. Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

    Regardless, this team is the worst that I can remember in a long, long time. Long long time being the same amount of time that Uncle Ben, upon being told that young Luke was a looking for an ‘ObiWan Kenobi’, reflected and thought, damn, it’s been a really freaking long time since I heard that name. Well, it’s been a really long time since Cal has been this bad. Long Long time.

  • Ray Finkle

    I missed the 2nd h due to a bday party. I thought we had some nice momentum going into halftime and I thought we would win. WTF happened? Can anybody explain to me in a sentence or 2? ugh

  • Woj

    @Ray Finkle

    Cal stinks. A football game is 60 minutes long and the better team won going away. Cal doesn’t have a good AD, good HC, or many good players. The D coordinator is among the worst in college football. Record now 1-4 and headed for 1-11. Any changes henceforth is like shuffling chairs on the sinking Titanic.

  • Gobears49

    The article did not mention if the players being considered to play at a new position have any experience playing that position. If they don’t, then I can’t see how they can learn how to play the new position, at a high college level, during a season.

    Maybe Jeff can ask Coach Dykes that question and, if he says some players have never played the new position in high school, how are they going to learn how to play it at a high D1 level and during the season.

    This idea shows how desperate Cal, with all of their injuries are. Looks like things are going to get worse for the Cal defense until they get better (which is probably next season).

  • Larry

    “…Defensive coordinator Andy Buh said all of Cal’s young defensive backs simply need more practice.

    “Getting a DB ready to play at this level takes a thousand reps,” he said. “This is a repetition game. Defense is reactionary. So you’ve got to give them tons and tons and tons of repetitions. We’re behind on that.”


  • Woj

    Excuses of the day – Cal has young players who apparently can’t be expected to perform well.
    Last I checked EVERY other Pac12 team has frosh and sophs on its roster and those players are also 19 and 20 years old. They apparently perform well enough to not be called out by their coaches as excuses to lose games.

    Another excuse – tough schedule. Cal should simply move to the WAC if it can’t handle a major BCS conference. 9 losses in a row most of them routs to FBS teams. Stanford is laughing at Cal right now. Tedford become an overpaid fat complacent Teevens from 2010-2012 and now we have ‘Harris’ on board to cement doormat status.

    Injuries – puhlease. The starters were getting torched for 21 points in the first 10 minutes of games. Maybe the backups are better than the lousy unprepared starters. Buh could turn the 2010s Ravens defenses into crppola. He’s that bad.

  • Gobears49

    “Getting a DB ready to play at this level takes a thousand reps,” he said. “This is a repetition game. Defense is reactionary. So you’ve got to give them tons and tons and tons of repetitions. We’re behind on that.”

    So if it takes a thousand reps to get ready to play DB at Cal’s level, how many practice days will it take someone to be ready to play? Could they get 100 reps per practice? Seems very high to me. That would take 10 practices, maybe three to hour weeks worth. Probably wouldn’t be ready to play until game nine, at the earliest. Might be worth it, but could result in receiver skills going down on offense, since they wouldn’t get hardly any reps on offense.

    This still seems extreme to me. Perhaps they should consider getting someone in school who played a decent level of DB in high school to walk on at Cal, but it would still take weeks to get them in football shape.