Goff & Kline are both taking reps, but Goff has gone first from the beginning of practice— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 2, 2013
Goff has been given a gentle reminder that he must continue to hone his game, even after the true freshman delivered such prolific numbers through the Bears' first three games. Goff certainly has kept a good head on his shoulders the past month, but this type of push for a young player is always a good thing.
And Kline, once expected to be the starter this season, has a new sense of excitement, a renewed belief in what is possible ... [and] he is sent a message that the coaching staff values him and wants him to remain at Cal to compete and help his team.
Head coach Sonny Dykes has repeatedly said he expects Goff to be the starter Saturday, but Kline's play warranted more reps in practice. ...
The two quarterbacks split reps with the first-team offense Tuesday. Goff, who was first in the pecking order, said it's a little added motivation knowing the competition has essentially reopened.
"Zach is a great player, and he's always going to be pushing me," said Goff, who ranks seventh in the country with 329.3 passing yards per game despite throwing for just 11 yards against Oregon. "We are splitting reps right now and we will see what happens."
For more Tuesday post-practice quotes from Goff & Kline, as well as Bryce Treggs & Cam Walker, click on the interview links below:
After Wednesday's practice, Coach Dykes was asked about the QB situation, and responded that a starter would likely be named on Thursday:
Starting QB for #Cal will be named tomorrow according to Sonny.— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) October 3, 2013
#Cal will formally name a start king QB tomorrow. Dykes says Goff has been unflappable, Kline has had good week of practice— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) October 3, 2013
Hewitt's Wednesday practice recap described Sonny Dykes' familiarity with Mike Leach & the Air Raid, and also included some injury updates:
Washington State head coach Mike Leach and Cal head coach Sonny Dykes first met in 1997 at Kentucky.
Dykes was a first-year graduate assistant and Leach was the offensive coordinator under then-head coach Hal Mumme. ...
After spending several years as an assistant under Leach at Texas Tech, Dykes knows Leach's system well.
"I'm pretty familiar with what they do," he said. ...
"Everyone has taken it and put their spin on it," Dykes said of the Air Raid. "Mike has kept the most pure version of it." ...
After sitting out the last two practices, Kam Jackson practiced lightly Wednesday. He is expected to play against Washington State.
Brendan Bigelow has spent the last three practices without a brace on his surgically repaired knee. He said he is feeling much more confident, and ditching the brace has helped his running.
Dykes on relationship with Mike Leach: He's had the biggest influence on me from a football standpoint than anyone I've been around"— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) October 1, 2013
remember last week's #thedrive ep where Sonny told Bigs "just go!" ...well Bigs def looks it today, he's been real smooth out of cuts today— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 2, 2013
In other [good] news, Mark Brazinski was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, otherwise known as the "Academic Heisman" - the same award that Alex Mack won in 2008 and Mike Mohamed was a finalist for in 2010:
Also, Richard Rodgers was named a game captain for this Saturday's game:
Lastly, don't forget to revisit this week's WSU game-week content using the links below: