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Sonny Dykes thinks Chad Hansen & Davis Webb can be back for Oregon, didn’t consider changing quarterbacks at Oregon State

This and more from the Cal bye week presser.

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The most important note from the Tuesday bye week press conferences is the health status of quarterback Davis Webb and wide receiver Chad Hansen. It seems like the injuries aren’t too serious, so there’s a pretty good chance both Webb and Hansen will be back next week.

Hansen sustained an ankle injury when he got rolled up on during the Oregon State loss. With the bye week here, Hansen will get some time off and won’t practice for awhile as he rests up.

Ditto Webb, whose hand injury gave him so much trouble he couldn’t grip the ball. Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers are expected to get plenty of practice reps in the meantime. Interestingly, Sonny Dykes mentioned that despite the injury (and Webb’s limitations because of it), there was no thought of putting in either Forrest or Bowers on Saturday.

Full press conference videos are available below.

Coach Sonny Dykes

  • Dykes was proud of how the team battled back, but emphasized again how the team couldn’t play a half and expect to win.
  • Injuries have affected the team’s depth, particularly at safety, where preseason injuries to Damariay Drew and Griffin Piatt have impacted the team’s ability to stop the run, with tackling being not quite as good at the backend.
  • Dykes gave credit to Khalfani Muhammad and Tre Watson for how they ran to finish the game.

Quarterback Davis Webb

  • The Cal quarterback emphasized his injury was a freak accident and his hand was giving him lots of trouble during the game. Webb says his injury improved on Saturday.
  • Webb thinks the hand injury occurred trying to throw the football. He tried to battle through his injury but it didn’t work out. Webb said it was painful to grip or hold the ball.
  • Webb told the staff about his injury and it wasn’t his job to decide whether to come out or not.

Wide receiver Ray Hudson

  • Webb told the offense that his thumb was hurting but he wouldn’t take himself out of the game.

Defensive end Cameron Saffle

  • The scheme change at the end of the game helped the Cal defense get off the field more, but missed tackles and mistakes doomed them early.
  • Oregon State double teamed James Looney most of the game, and the Bears were not prepared for that offensive strategy. They changed formations after the first three quarters and got better results.