Cal began their bye week with a day off on Monday, which gave the team some time to get treatment for injuries and work on academics. With Monday open, Coach Sonny Dykes took the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the A's game on Monday night:
The Golden Bears reconvened for practice on Tuesday. The big news out of practice that day - Matt Cochran will be out for a month as he recovers from surgery to repair a high ankle sprain:
#Cal OL Matt Cochran out for a month with an ankle injury, will have surgery on Thursday according to HC Sonny Dykes.— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) September 18, 2013
Brennan Scarlett's status remains uncertain as well:
Brennan Scarlett will see a doctor again this week about his hand. Dykes: "He's been to a lot of doctors."— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) September 18, 2013
Mike Barton's injury status is more positive; he is probable for the Oregon game:
#Cal HC Sonny Dykes says Mike Barton should play next week vs. Oregon.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) September 20, 2013
- LB Nick Forbes (back) is cleared to play, but according to Dykes, he needs to work his way back up the depth chart
- S Michael Lowe (ankle) was back at practice and worked with the first team.
- S Alex Logan (head) did not practice, but Dykes expects him to be back soon.
- DT Mustafa Jalil (knee) and DE Brennan Scarlett (hand) remain out indefinitely.
- DE Sione Sina, who has been out since camp, underwent ACL surgery and will be out for the season. He will redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Three games into the season, Cal's freshman quarterback has thrown for 1,306 yards. If he stays at his current pace, Goff will top [Brett] Hundley's total in nine games and will reach 5,224 passing yards by the end of the season - sixth all-time among FBS quarterbacks. A bowl game would give him a chance to add even more.
For more details on this week's practices, check out Jeff Faraudo's practice reports:
ICYMI, Nick Forbes was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, while Chris Harper & Bryce Treggs were both named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list:
In other good off-field news, football led all Cal teams in GPA improvement:
Great job by the football program: 0.397 improvement in team GPA is tops among all Cal athletic programs. #GoBears.— Jonathan Okanes (@CalBearBlog) September 18, 2013
Before Thursday's practice, Coach Dykes held a live chat on Faraudo's BearTalk blog. Media-savvy WR Bryce Treggs held a live chat as well - via Twitter, by taking over @CalFootball for slightly under an hour:
The Bears practiced in full pads - including a developmental scrimmage period for younger players - on Thursday afternoon. The team is off Friday and Saturday, and will return to practice on Sunday.
Cal in full pads today, getting some scrimmaging in today before taking two days off. Likely will be mostly young guys participating— Hunter Hewitt (@HunterHewitt) September 19, 2013