Golden Nuggets: Sonny Dykes on Cal's Quarterback Competition, Plans for Fall Camp

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Although Sonny Dykes would like to see fierce competition among his QBs, he would also like to settle on an undisputed starter.

Sonny Dykes held a teleconference with the media on Monday. Not surprisingly, one of the major topics was the quarterback competition. The coaches would like to name a starter during week one of fall camp, but they recognize it may not happen until week two or three. Here are his thoughts on the QB competition.

Clearly, Dykes wishes he had a No. 1 headed into the summer. He wasn’t so clear about whether having three players competing for the job is a bad thing.

"I kind of believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks, really means you don’t have any. So if you have three that means you really don’t have any," he said. "We’ll see how it plays out.

"I hope one of them ends up being really, really good and playing good, and the others continue to get better and better, and we have a quarterback competition that plays out from year to year. That’s what you’d like to have.

"Whoever the starter is, you’d like to have the backup right at his heels, constantly nipping and fighting and battling and never letting the starter get too settled."

Prodded further to explain those remarks, Dykes condeded it may not be immediate smooth sailing for the new man.

"I think whoever the starter is is going to go through some growing pains. They’ve never started a college football game," he said. "But when you sit down and say what makes a good college quarterback, the guys certainly possess the qualities.

"It’s going to be up to us to bring out the best in them, put them in situations to be successful. It’s going to be up to them to play well and take the job over and be a great leader. I think all three of these guys have what it takes."

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