Catching you up on some of the spring practice reports from around the conference this weekend.
The quarterbacks took center stage as California held its first spring scrimmage. The Bears worked in 90 plays over a 45-minute stretch in full pads.
Four quarterbacks got work with Jared Goff completing 13 of 23 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Zach Kline completed 6 of 8 throws for 134 yards -- including a 97-yard touchdown to Joel Willis. Austin Hinder was 6-of-10 for 83 yard with a touchdown and Kyle Boehm was 0-for-3 with an interception.
“We were trying to throw every possible scenario that we could throw at them today to see if it affected their thought process or the way they played or handled things,” said head coach Sonny Dykes. “I didn’t think it affected any of them. I thought they all did a good job of just trying to go out there and execute plays and not try to do too much.”
The Cardinal held their second open practice of the spring session with a 77-play scrimmage.
Even though the Cardinal front seven was able to get some penetration, head coach David Shaw said he was pleased with how the offensive line is coming together.
“It’s been fun to watch the guys start to gel this early,” Shaw said. “Usually we don’t gel on the offensive line until training camp so it’s been fun to watch.”
New head coach Mike MacIntyre is still evaluating what kind of players he has to work with. At this point, he's not too worried about position switches and he's certainly not going to name a quarterback this spring. Right now, it's all about attitude.
"I'm looking for effort," he said after practice Friday night. "I'm looking for kids that listen and pay attention and we're trying to set the tempo of everything we want to do. It's more of an overall team thing. Of course, you are watching positions and doing all that, but we're still out here in pajamas. Real football will start Tuesday.
"They are taking notes in meetings. They are listening out there. They are taking coaching very well, which is important. To me, that's part of discipline."
His hope is that seven or eight practices into the spring session, he can start narrowing the number of quarterbacks down to about three -- maybe four -- who can carry over the competition into the fall.