Injury updates from Cal vs. Washington for you.
Daniel Lasco appears to be on the verge of returning to the field of play. Lasco practiced in some capacity last week and is now ready to fully practice this week. Lasco dressed fully last week for Washington and would've been ready to play in case a Cal running back got injured, but the Bears rested him up and survived the stiff road test. Now Lasco appears to be ready to get back into the swing of things against Washington State.
Defensive end DeVante Wilson also appears to be on the verge of returning to practice. Jonathan Johnson saw plenty of time in his place, registering 1.5 sacks.
Defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil was held out of action and did not play against Washington to rest an ailing knee. Tony Mekari started in place of Jalil, registering one tackle. Marcus Manley also saw some action and made a critical strip that forced the fourth Washington turnover.
Running back Khalfani Muhammad suffered a calf strain and had to miss most of the second half. Muhammad finished with seven carries for 43 yards. If Muhammad has to miss time, I imagine there's a 100% chance Lasco will be playing this Saturday.
Offensive tackle Brian Farley suffered an ankle injury early and was replaced by Aaron Cochran on the left tackle. No word yet on his status. Steven Moore returned to action after briefly missing time so he's probably good to go, as should be James Looney.
Here are the press conference videos, better late than never. Some quotes below
Opening remarks: It feels good to win. That was a tough, physical, hard-fought football game much like we thought it would be coming in. Washington’s got a very good football team and they play good solid football. Anytime anybody does that they’re tough to beat. I was really proud of our guys, we hung in there. We didn’t play great, we dropped a lot of balls offensively and just kind of stubbed our foot a little bit moving the football at times. I thought our defense played lights out. Those guys played really hard, that’s a tough team to defend because they show you so many different things. The shifts and motions and moving people around and I thought our team adjusted well. I was really proud of the way we played. We created five turnovers and obviously that was probably the difference in the ball game. So it was good to get a win against a very good football team.
Did you guys go into the locker room and celebrate being 4-0 or think about things you could have done better? Oh no I’m not thinking about that right now. We’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Going on the road and winning, especially a Pac-12 game like that and winning a close one, you don’t think about that stuff. There’s going to be tons of things we could have done better and we probably know that.
Talk about what you did to get so much pressure on the quarterback. I think we did the same things we’ve been doing all year. Good rush lanes, good techniques and things just happened to fall for us more today than previously.
On Jared Goff: He's very vocal on the field and lets us know what he wants. Jared is a good guy, I love playing with him. He's a great person. He showed courage, you know skinny Jared. He had to get the first and he did- that's what leaders do.
On football: In football, you have ups and you have downs. Sometimes you'll face adversity, sometimes things will go your way. That's football.
On attitude: We just grind hard every play and never give up. We're going to keep doing that, every day every game.
Some additional notes from the Sunday teleconference.
- Dykes on the top 25: "You get in the top 25, there's a certain level of respect that comes with that, but you can get out of the polls as quickly as you get in."
- Hardy Nickerson: "To play a complete game, we have to eliminate mental mistakes and eliminate coverage busts and misfits in the run game,"
- Matt Anderson: When Anderson first got to Cal, players called him "Men's Wearhouse" for his model-esque looks.