Monday, March 25, 2013
Weekend practice report
By Kevin Gemmell
Catching you up on some of the late Friday and weekend scrimmages and practice notes.
The Wildcats spent the majority of Saturday's 90-minute practice simulating game-like scenarios. The session was scripted, so no stats were kept.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez said things weren't as crisp as he'd like. But they are much more efficient than they were during his first spring when he was still installing the offense.
“We were a little ragged at times," Rodriguez said. "We had some good moments and [quarterback] B.J. [Denker] executed well but defensively we didn't play as well as we had been in other practices. There was some good and some bad but I’ll have to watch the film and get a better evaluation. As much fundamental work as we need, sometimes you have to just let them play, which is what we did today.
“It’s not flowing as fast as I’d like but some of it is injury-related. It’s flowing better than it was this time last year but we don’t have Matt (Scott) this year. We got spoiled with Matt but B.J. played very well today as well as some of the other quarterbacks.”
California Golden Bears
The defense bested the offense in Cal's 2013 spring game, which was played in front of more than 5,800 fans at Memorial Stadium.
Zach Kline and Jared Goff took the most throws at quarterback. Kline completed 7 of 14 tosses for 124 yards and a touchdown while Goff went 7-of-15 for 66 yards with a touchdown. Austin Hinder was 5-of-9 for 87 yards with a touchdown. None of the three threw an interception.
Head coach Sonny Dykes characterized it as "surgery with a chainsaw," but overall was pleased with some of the performances.
"There were some good positives," Dykes said. "We made our quarterbacks live and I thought they responded pretty well to that. ... The good thing was they all got hit and survived and weren't fearful of it. That's what you want to see -- especially when you have quarterbacks that haven't taken any college snaps before. I liked what I saw from that bunch."
However, the competition will rage on because Dykes hasn't seen one of the three separate himself from the pack.
"I didn't really see anything today that would say that anybody stepped ahead," Dykes said. "But I saw positives from all of them. The good thing is we feel like we've got three guys that give us an opportunity to win and we'll see how it develops over the next several months."
Linebackers Jalen Jefferson and Hardy Nickerson led the way with six tackles each. Jefferson also notched a sack and Nickerson had a tackle for loss and half a sack.
The highlight was an appearance from former Bear and current Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who scored on a 22-yard run (untouched, for obvious reasons).
"He wasn't bad," Dykes joked. "Heck, maybe we should try this guy out."
With the Buffs breaking for spring break, head coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff were going to spend the weekend putting together a "pencil depth chart," writes Kyle Ringo.
Quarterback Jordan Webb reinjured his thumb last week, putting a wrinkle in MacIntyre's plan to hopefully have three quarterbacks emerge from spring who can carry the competition over into the fall.
"He wasn't able to have this scrimmage [Friday] or the other day's practice so it really hurt him two days so we have to look at and evaluate at that too because we have to give the young man a fair chance," MacIntyre said. "We'll discuss that hard ... hopefully when he comes back from spring break he'll be able to go again."
Though a depth chart might emerge this week, it will serve more as a framework for reps than an inflexible document.
"We'll pencil that in, but it can change in the middle of practice," MacIntyre said. "But we need to have a sequence to be able to do a little more repetitions."