BERKELEY -- With Arizona’s stunning win on Thursday night over No. 2 Oregon, California now sits tied at the top of the Pac-12 North standings, and the Bears’ Hail Mary loss to the Wildcats two weeks ago in Tucson all of the sudden looks a whole lot better.
On Saturday, Cal (3-1, 1-1 in Pac-12) will head to Pullman, Wash., where head coach Sonny Dykes will once again face his former boss, Mike Leach, but he’ll have to do it likely without the services of safety Stefan McClure against the pass-heavy Air Raid.
“Nothing yet. We’re still kind of waiting to see with him, honestly,” Dykes said. “We’ll see how he does between now and then, kind of figure it out.”
On a positive note for the Bears defense, Cal will have available JuCo corner Darius White (shoulder) and cornerback Joel Willis, who’s missed the first four games with a shin injury. Both, Dykes said, are “good to go.”
Will White – who has yet to play a defensive snap, but who has seen time on special teams – be ready to contribute?
“We hope so. We’ll see,” Dykes said. “He hasn’t practiced as much as we would like for him to, so he’s going to be a little bit rusty. We’ll kind of see how he plays and what he can do. We’re hoping, from an athletic standpoint, he’s what we’re looking for. He’s as proven as a junior college player can be. He played very well at the JC, played well early in camp here before he got injured, so you know, he’s going to be a little bit rusty, but I think he’s going to give us some things that maybe we haven’t gotten so far.”
Inside receiver Darius Powe (shoulder) and linebacker Edward Tandy (concussion) will not be available for Saturday.
Saturday will be the second time Dykes has faced his former boss Leach as a head coach, following last year’s 44-22 loss in Berkeley.
“He was my position coach and I was his GA, and six years at Texas Tech, we spent a lot of time together,” Dykes said. “We’re close, and I learned a lot. I kind of developed my philosophies based on what he believed in, and you have to put your own beliefs and personality in there, but a lot of stuff we do is based on stuff that he’s done.”
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