Presumed starting safeties Stefan McClure (quad) and Griffin Piatt (knee) both are ahead of schedule in their recoveries, according to coach Sonny Dykes, who also conceded it’s not a sure thing either will be ready to play by the Sept. 5 opener against Grambling State.
“That’s the target. We’ll see where they are,” Dykes said at Monday’s Bay Area College Football Media Day.
Dykes and the Cal medical staff originally did not expect McClure to be sufficiently healthy to include him among the 105 players teams are allowed to invite to fall training camp. But McClure will participate at some level when practice begins Friday.
“We were going to let him rehab and bring somebody else in,” Dykes said. “We didn’t think he was going to be ready, and the good thing is he is. We’ll see what he can do.”
Piatt, a one-time wide receiver walkon from Moraga, was a revelation on defense last season. He led the team with three interceptions and shared the lead with six pass breakups.
Then he tore his right ACL against Washington on Oct. 11 and was done for the season.