Cal is taking Saturday off – one week before kickoff in its season-opener against Grambling State – and will hold a closed practice Sunday.
A few notes off Friday’s practice:
Just days after Noah Beito was listed as the No. 1 placekicker on the team’s first fall depth chart, coach Sonny Dykes said sophomore Matt Anderson now is the leader.
“Our kicker today would be Matt Anderson,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes through the week.”
In other words, stay tuned.
The situation has become a bit more clear at punter, where incumbent Cole Leininger finally delivered the kind of performance last week that gives confidence to the coaching staff.
“I walked away feeling good. Cole had a good week, was consistent,” Dykes said. “Cole kind of found what he needed to find last week, and I feel real good about where we are now.”
Dykes is excited to watch senior cornerback Darius White on game day. Last season was a lost cause for the junior college transfer from Mississippi, who was injured on the first day of fall camp, then burned for a 90-yard touchdown pass on his first play against Washington State in his debut.
Dykes said White’s confidence was shaken and he never recovered all season. But he had a strong spring, summer and fall camp and is “settled,” according to Dykes.
“I think he’s going to be one of the elite corners in this league. I think he’s got that kind of talent. He’s playing with that kind of confidence,” Dykes said. “He’s come a long way.”
Sophomore linebacker Aisea Tongilava missed practice Friday because of a non-football toe injury that was still being assessed. Dykes had no report on Tongilava’s prognosis.
Sophomore offensive tackle Aaron Cochran sat out practice Friday because he wasn’t feeling well.