It’s getting hot, and Cal coach Sonny Dykes is happy about it.
The Bears, who will play Sept. 19 at Texas, practiced in temperatures that reached the high 80s Saturday in Berkeley. Beginning Monday, they will venture to east for a series of three morning workouts.
“We’re hoping (it’s) over 100,” Dykes said of what he expects Monday in Concord. “We’ve got to get our guys in some heat. I think it’s good for us mentally. It’s something we’ve got to deal with and not let it affect us.”
Dykes said even this won’t entirely prepare the Bears for what they could encounter in Texas. “It’s hard to simulate humidity,” he said. “But I think it’s more mental than anything. The guys say, `So what, it’s hot. I’ve still got to drive through.’ “
Freshman defensive lineman Malik McMorris, a 5-foot-11, plus-300-pounder, wore a white jersey Saturday and will focus for now on playing a blocking back role when the Bears go to a jumbo alignment.
“We tried to get an evaluation on where he could help us the quickest,” Dykes said. “We felt like he could do that as a blocking back. We’ve got a lot of depth at defensive tackle right now.
“He was a really productive high school football player,” Dykes said of McMorris at Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana. “Played at a storied program, played a great schedule, he was one of their most productive players, week in and week out.
“We thought he could do a lot of different things for us. He’s a pretty unique athlete for a guy who’s 315 pounds. He catches the ball well, so he’s got kind of an interesting skill set.”
Jared Goff was 9 of 11 passes for 141 yards and four touchdowns during the first two trips down the field for the offense in 11-on-11 work Saturday. He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kenny Lawler, and one each to Bryce Treggs and Tre Watson.
Defensive end Kyle Kragen had a pair of sacks during 11-on-11.