Asked to expand on his postgame comments that suggested freshman Jared Goff will be the Bears’ quarterback for the rest of the season, coach Sonny Dykes left only a little wiggle room on Monday night.
“You’re never going to close the door on anything,” he said after practice. “We’ll see how it plays out. The worst thing you can do is have a quarterback looking over his shoulder all the time.
“Considering that, you can draw your own conclusions. If the circumstances warrant making a change we’ll make one.”
Goff, who held off a weeklong practice duel with Zach Kline headed into the Washington game, passed for 336 yards without a turnover in the 41-17 loss.
Late in the fourth quarter at UW, Dykes gave redshirt junior Austin Hinder a few snaps off the bench. Dykes said no one should read anything into the fact that it wasn’t Kline who got the call.
“He’s been here for four years,” Dykes said of Hinder. “We wanted to play him in a game.”
Sophomore Freddie Tagaloa, moved from left tackle to right guard last week, got some first-team snaps at his new position Monday. Dykes said there will be an adjustment for Tagaloa, “It’s something we think he can do well. We want him to develop and improve.”
Running back Daniel Lasco, who has missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, may be ready to return Saturday against Arizona. But Dykes said Khalfani Muhammad and Daniel Ervin will get most of the reps this week.
Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt was announced Monday as one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
Fortt leads the Bears with 54 tackles, including three for loss.