Luke Rubenzer remains a safety. Until and unless he returns to quarterback.
Coach Sonny Dykes said Rubenzer performed well enough as a safety during spring workouts that he will remain on defense and focus on improving his skills at the position in the months leading to training camp in August.
“It’s definitely something we’ll continue. We’re going to give him the summer to keep improving and get comfortable,” Dykes said. “I think he did a really remarkable job at that position because he had a limited amount of time to prepare for it.
“As hard as Luke works and as competitive as he is, he’ll be doing things every single day (during the summer) to improve things. So he’ll make a jump from April to August just with what he does on his own.”
The Bears moved Rubenzer to safety from quarterback — where he was Jared Goff’s backup last fall as a true freshman — because they were short-handed in the secondary during spring ball. But with more than a half-dozen safety candidates expected back from injury or arriving on campus for the first time in the fall, competition is sure to heat up.
The coaching staff will give Rubenzer two weeks to work at safety once camp begins, which also will give others the chance to show what they can do.
“If he’s not going to play at safety,” Dykes said, “we’ll move him back to quarterback immediately.”