Pac-12 VIDEO: Dykes Talks OL, Secondary
BURBANK, Calif. -- California head coach Sonny Dykes took the stage at Pac-12 Media Days at Warner Bros. Studios on Friday, and he had two big issues to address. The first: the state of the Cal offensive line. With veteran center/guard Matt Cochran gone, the Bears will now return one fewer player with starting experience. The good news is that Addison Ooms was the backup all last season, and while he did not play, he knows the offense.
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Freshman Semisi Uluave will slot in somewhere, but not at center, Dykes said. In a breakout session, quarterback Jared Goff said that he’s taken snaps from former tackle Dominic Granado -- a JuCo transfer who redshirted last season – and the versatile Jordan Rigsbee, who’s played all three types of offensive line position.
Dykes also cited Brian Farley as a factor at the tackle spot, which remains in flux.
The second topic of conversation was the defensive backfield, and that, for the past two seasons, the Bears have been dead last – 125th – in Division I college football in passing defense.
The hiring of John Lovett as a cornerbacks coach, with Dykes taking over as wide receivers coach on the offensive side of the ball, completes the alterations to the staff that began when former wide receivers coach Rob Likens left for Kansas, taking offensive line coach Zach Yenser with him, a change that continued with the dismissal of running backs coach-cum-receivers coach Pierre Ingram following legal troubles.
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