Another short practice. Here are your Wednesday Cal practice updates.
Sonny Dykes confirmed that Cal safety Damariay Drew (injured earlier this offseason at the knee) will not be back in time for the 2016 college football season, ending his Cal career. A senior safety, Drew will spend the rest of the season rehabbing and then prepare for the NFL Draft.
Drew was the de facto starter at safety. The current two starting safeties are Khari Vanderbilt and Evan Rambo. Here is the full Cal depth chart.
- Cal might have two reliable nickel backs in Cameron Walker and Trey Turner, but that isn’t stopping Jaylinn Hawkins from getting reps at the position. Hawkins has also seen a lot of time at safety.
- Offensive line coach Brandon Jones made it clear that Dwayne Wallace will be starting at right guard, but Jeremiah Stuckey will be the super sub at left guard or right guard.
- Jones also said that there will be rotation between starters and backups, attributing that development to the depth of his offensive line. Between Stuckey, Patrick Mekari (who could start with Aaron Cochran injured against Hawaii) and Dominic Granado or Addison Ooms battling at center, you can expect there to be a lot of offensive lineman subs as compared to previous seasons.
- Dykes confirms all Cal players who practiced at camp will be making the trip to Australia for the Hawaii game.
- Defensive back Caleb Coleman, who was a medical retirement, will remain with the football team as a student assistant.
Here’s a feature for you to meet new starting Cal quarterback Davis Webb, who talks a little bit about the culture shock transferring from Lubbock to Berkeley.