Coach Sonny Dykes complimented the defense — and especially the Bears’ young defensive backs — after Monday’s closed workout.
“I thought we had a really good practice, was really pleased,” he said. “We’re starting to look better and that’s encouraging. Defensively, guys are starting to figure things out and playing a little faster.
“Guys are making more plays, especially some of those young DBs.”
Dykes singled out redshirt freshman cornerback Darius Allensworth, who had an interception. He said Cedric Dozier is much improved, and noted the efforts of Cameron Walker, Demariay Drew and David Garner.
“It’s good seeing those guys making explosive-type plays,” Dykes said. “Guys are developing, starting to play with confidence.”
Monday’s chapter in the battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot went to Austin Hinder. Dykes said Kyle Boehm, who has performed well this spring, suffered a setback with a pulled muscle in his lower back.
“It’s a good competition between those two guys,” Dykes said, “Austin had a better day today. He was much improved. But they’re competing back and forth, trading blows.”
Junior linebacker Nate Broussard, recovering from offseason knee surgery, won’t do any contact work during spring ball as a precautionary measure, Dykes said. “He’s moving around great, feels good,” Dykes said.
But safety Avery Sebastian (Achilles) is getting more time on the field, putting him a bit ahead of the recovery schedule of fellow safety Stefan McClure (knee), who is battling a strained calf muscle.