BERKELEY -- When sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs hit the practice field on Monday, he exclaimed that, for running 91 plays on Saturday against Northwestern, "my legs don't feel that bad."
After setting career highs in catches (a game-high 13) and receiving yards (145), Treggs was far from sluggish on Monday, ripping off long catch after long catch. Wide receivers coach Rob Likens was dumbfounded when considering what one of his star pupils had accomplished. Head coach Sonny Dykes, though, was more than effusive in his praise.
"He played 91 snaps, and played just as fast on the 91st snap as he did on the first one. That was impressive," Dykes said. "He just loves to play football, and I haven't seen many guys do that."
Dykes couldn't cite any precedent in this offense for an outside receiver playing as many snaps as Treggs did.
"We've had some guys, but typically, not outside receivers, and typically, they wore down more than he did," Dykes said. "He looked like the same guy the last play of the game as he did the first play."
Treggs' fellow downfield target – sophomore Chris Harper -- was very limited on Monday following his career day on Saturday, which saw him haul in 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Hawaii transfer Trevor Davis and redshirt freshman Kenny Lawler took his place in the rotation.
"We'll do that through the week, with him," Dykes said. "He's going to be sore. When he plays on Saturday, he's going to be sore on Sunday and Monday. He'll feel a little better on Tuesday and a little better on Wednesday, and it'll just kind of be that way, probably until the [Pac-12] opener, honestly."
While all was not roses on Monday for the offense – with cornerback Joel Willis flashing in particular, turning in a nice, jumping breakup on a pass from Jared Goff to Lawler in the end zone, and safety Michael Lowe following that up with a physical breakup on a pass intended for Darius Powe -- Dykes was pleased with the pace and the energy on a warm, muggy evening, particularly in light of Saturday's defeat at the hands of No. 22 Northwestern.
"We had opportunities to win the football game against a good football team. You get 12 opportunities a year and we put a lot into it, so when you have an opportunity to take a commanding lead – we had a chance to go up two scores in the third quarter and had a lot of momentum – we didn't capitalize on it," Dykes said. "That's disappointing. Just too many mistakes. Too many missed opportunities. The good thing is, we'll learn a lot from it and grow from it. This was the best football practice we've had since I've been here, and that was very encouraging, tonight. I was really pleased with the way they responded, and I think they know that there's a lot to learn. I think they'll continue to work and get better and better."
Inside receiver Maximo Espitia played on Saturday, but was not targeted once. Dykes said that was due to a lack of consistency.
"We're just trying to get the ball to guys that we feel can make plays consistently, and Max has been a little inconsistent in camp, quite frankly, so he's just got to keep improving," Dykes said. "There's going to be a lot of competition for those inside receiving spots, and really for all of the spots on offense and on defense. Guys have got to come out and perform to have opportunities."
On defense, both Viliami Moala and Jacobi Hunter flashed in OL-DL drills against the No. 1 offensive line, with Ted Agu turning in an eye-opening rep against right guard Bill Tyndall, using a cat-quick swim move to get to the quarterback stand-in.
Defensive end Puka Lopa also had several reps against the offensive line that drew praise from coaches, using a speed rush move to get past Tyndall playing right tackle, and locking horns with left guard Jordan Rigsbee and coming out on top with a dash to the quarterback.
The defensive line, though, was still missing Brennan Scarlett and Mustafa Jalil. While both dressed, both were extremely limited, and did not participate in contact.
"His knee just flared up during camp," Dykes said of Jalil, who did not dress on Saturday. "It's not a new injury. He's just dealing with some soreness, and we're trying to get him as healthy as we possibly can. He just hasn't moved very well, and I think that was why there was just a decline in play. He started having more pain and just couldn't move as well as he could, prior, and that's why he just hasn't been able to do much."
As for Scarlett, there is still no more clarity on the condition of his twice-broken hand. Ditto for MIKE linebacker Nick Forbes.
"Nothing new on those guys. Forbes is going to be a deal where we're just going to have to see how he's doing, and then, if he's not getting better, we'll have to sit down and see if there's some long-term ways to address the issue," Dykes said. "Same thing with Scarlett. At some point, they've either got to get cleared or get put on the shelf."
Safety Avery Sebastian -- who came down awkwardly on his right ankle during the loss to the Wildcats in the second quarter – was still in a walking boot and crutches, though it's unknown exactly what the nature of the injury is.
"We'll know tomorrow," Dykes said. "He's going to have an MRI tomorrow and we'll know kind of what's going on tomorrow, get something definitive. If I know something tomorrow, I'll let you guys know."
WILL linebacker Khairi Fortt was back in pads on Monday, after getting his bell rung on Saturday, but tailback Brendan Bigelow -- who rushed 16 times for 65 yards – was not in pads. Michael Barton took Fortt's place on the No. 1 defense, while Daniel Lasco took first-team reps at tailback, followed by Khalfani Muhammad, Darren Ervin and Jeffrey Coprich.
Both Fortt and Bigelow are undergoing concussion protocols.
"Fortt's injury was, I don't think, anything serious at all," Dykes said. "Bigelow is maybe a little more so, I still think we're trying to determine where he is. I would expect Fortt to be full-go tomorrow, and I would expect Brendan to be slowly integrated back in through the course of the week."
With FCS opponent Portland State on the docket for Saturday, third-string quarterback Austin Hinder was in a yellow no-contact jersey, the same as Goff and Zach Kline, though Dykes said he does not anticipate playing anyone other than Goff back of center.
"I would say no. We're going to try and play as well as we can play," Dykes said. "There were seven FCS teams that beat FBS teams this past week, so I think anybody that thinks this game is not going to be a dogfight has lost their mind.
"We pointed that out to our players, I talked to them about it on Saturday after the game, talked to them again about it at length today. These guys understand that they're going to have to play incredibly well to have a chance to win Saturday. Portland State just scored 57 points on a team, and they're very good at what they do, offensively. They put a lot of pressure on you, so we'll have our work cut out for us."
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