With projected starting center Matt Cochran’s dismissal from the Cal football team, the Golden Bears will begin practice next Friday unsure who will be snapping the ball to quarterback Jared Goff.
Coach Sonny Dykes offered few details about Cochran’s departure during Friday’s Pac-12 media day at Warner Bros. Studios. “It was a team issue,” he said, adding that the redshirt junior from Atwater was dismissed shortly after the end of spring ball, although it was not made public until this week.
“We came to an understanding with both him and his family,” Dykes said.
Four players are in the discussion, with redshirt freshmen Addison Ooms and Michael Trani currently listed 1-2 on the pre-camp depth chart.
Ooms is a walkon who impressed in fall camp last year but neither he nor Trani has played in a game. Senior guard Jordan Rigsbee, who has played all three positions on the line, could also get the call, as could backup tackle Dominic Granado.
Dykes said the Bears are not in panic mode about the situation.
“We’ll see who’s our best five offensive linemen and make position changes accordingly,” he said. “It’s not ideal. We’ll need somebody to step up. We think somebody will.”
Damariay Drew, having revolved his legal problems following a May 2014 campus incident in which he assaulted another student, has been re-admitted to school and will try to regain a spot on the team as a walk-on, Dykes said.