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BERKELEY -- The California football team will leave early enough this Friday to beat the Los Angeles traffic, and to give six of the coaches a chance to fan out and watch several prep football games, in keeping with what head coach Sonny Dykes said on Tuesday about the Southland being an important recruiting ground.
"A lot of the kids, we talked about when their families can come and see them at the hotel, just basic housekeeping stuff," Dykes said of his post-practice talk with the team on Wednesday.
Dykes is aware of the horse trading that goes on for extra tickets between the southern California natives on the roster, and the other players, but noted that some out-of-state players may have a leg up when it comes to making out down the road.
"I'm guessing all the guys from Texas are giving them tickets, and they'll get them back when we go play Texas in a couple of years," Dykes said.
While the Bears were on the practice field, cornerback Stefan McClure underwent knee surgery, though the results of that won't be available until Dykes speaks on injuries after Thursday's practice.
Dykes also said that defensive end Todd Barr will play "more and more," after fighting through a groin issue that has held him back.
"It kept him from triggering, maybe, as fast as he can, and kept him from showing up some, but he's working, he's getting better, and I think his role will get bigger and bigger," Dykes said.
Over the past two days, Antione Davis has been very active at rush end, and has shown good speed both on option pitches and quarterback runs to the outside.<
Also showing up well this week has been true freshman linebacker Chad Whitener, who's done a very good job stopping the run and has made several big hits, causing both sidelines to erupt in approval.
"I would expect him to get some time," Dykes said. "I would expect that, as we move forward, all three of those true freshman linebackers (Whitener, Edward Tandy and Johnny Ragin III) to start getting some minutes."
SAM linebacker Jalen Jefferson did not practice for the third straight day.
Kameron Jackson took fewer reps on Wednesday than he did Tuesday, and mixed in with both the first and second teams, but sparingly. He and Maximo Espitia took mental reps during the first 11-on-11 drive, with Isaac Lapite at corner opposite Adrian Lee.
Former Cal defensive lineman Trevor Guyton was at practice to watch the proceedings.
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