Coach Sonny Dykes told reporters after practice Monday night that running back Daniel Lasco will sit out Saturday’s game against Oregon State.
With Brendan Bigelow having been moved to slot receiver, will redshirt freshman Jeffrey Coprich be elevated to second team behind starter Khalfani Muhammad?
Meanwhile, LB Jalen Jefferson and CB Joel Willis, who both sat out last Saturday’s game at UCLA, are off the injury list, suggesting both should be ready for Oregon State.
Here’s more from Dykes:
On whether Brendan Bigelow’s move to receiver is permanent: “I don’t have any idea. We’ll see how he progresses. We’re just trying to figure out ways to get him the ball and help him make plays for us. We’ll figure out if it’s going to be there or at running back.”
On how Lucus Gingold and Richard Rodgers fit into the power running game after Rodgers carried six times at UCLA: “We think Lucus is such a good blocker at the point of attack. We’re trying to figure out what the best combination is. I thought (Rodgers) did a good job, thought he ran hard. He gives us something we don’t have — a big body who is a downhill runner. Especially with Lasco being out, that’s something we’re lacking. It’s different. I don’t think he’s going to get 25 carries Saturday, but he’ll get a couple.”
On how he evaluates blocking on running plays: “We haven’t had many long runs from scrimmage. We haven’t done a great job blocking downfield, we haven’t done a great job of finishing blocks on the interior line and when we have gotten one-on-one opportunities, we haven’t done a good job of making people miss. There’s a combination of things.”
On freshman receiver Caleb Coleman getting some practice time on defense: “Corners are hard to find and if we find a guy who can play for us, we’re going to try him.”
On what he expects going forward from freshman quarterback Jared Goff: “I think he’ll be a whole different Jared Goff as a result of turning 19 today.”