By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 10:17 pm in Football.
More from Sonny Dykes season-ending news conference on Monday:
On the profile of players he wants to recruit:
“I don’t feel any differently now than I did the day I got hired. Cal’s not for everybody. That was my stance before I got the job. You need to recruit people who can be successful here and, most importantly, people who appreciate that. Somebody who wants to be here and has an academic background to be successful here and is obviously a good football player. It can be done.”
His reaction to the suggestion he’d said the Bears didn’t have the talent to compete this season, Dykes responded:
“Never said we didn’t have the horses. Just said we didn’t do a very good job of coaching them. You have to draw your own conclusions. We’ve got plenty of horses — the fact is they’re young. They’ll get better. Our job’s to coach them. Obviously, we didn’t coach them to play to their potential — nowhere close to that.”
On whether there are worries that failing to win a Pac-12 game will make it more difficult to sell his vision to his players:
“Sure there is, there’s always concern. It’s like when you go to the doctor and you get a shot and you feel better the next day. You feel like this guy knows what he’s talking about.”
On where Freddie Tagaloa and Matt Cochran fit into the offensive line picture after both were moved to new positions midseason:
“Both of them we think have a chance to be good players. It’s a hard thing what Freddie went through, going from a guy we thought was really going to play well. We felt like we needed to make a position change for us to be successful. Cochran’s probably a guard, but somebody has to play tackle.”
On where he envisions freshman strong safety eventually playing:
“He started as a corner. We moved him to safety Week 3. He’s potentially a corner.”
On which scout team players most impressed him this season:
“(Wide receiver) Trevor Davis had a good year. (Receiver) Ray Hudson, (defensive end) Ray Davison. Once (cornerback Darius) Allensworth got healthy, he looked good. (Cornerback) Trey Cheek looked good.
“All the offensive linemen showed some signs — especially (Aaron) Cochran. Caleb Coleman’s move (to cornerback) is permanent.”