BURBANK, Calif. -- From Pac-12 Media Days, we get you all the hottest takes from quarterback Jared Goff, head coach Sonny Dykes and redshirt junior linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who were the California representatives at Warner Bros. Studios for the annual media gathering.
We’ve got lots of notes and quotes in our live blog story from Studio 12 down on the Warners lot, including photos, vidoes, tweets and more.
In our first segment, we talk about Goff’s summer, the Manning Passing Academy, the offensive line (Dykes hopes to have a center after the first five days of camp) and the relationship between Goff and his centers. Who’s going to start at center for the Bears? Sonny Dykes has something to say, but we also have an opinion. Goff also chimes in on what he thinks of running back Daniel Lasco.
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We also talked more about the line and the center position several podcasts ago.
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In our second segment, we break down Dykes’s move to the wide receiver coaching role, the future of Burl Toler and Brian Hamilton on the coaching staff, as well as looking at new cornerbacks coach John Lovett.
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Dykes talks about the process of shifting the coaching staff around, as well as what it took to bring in the veteran Lovett, and why he wanted to get back on the field as a coach.
In our third segment, we break down the new defensive backfield, which new players are standing out the most, and for that, we’ve got the help of Hardy Nickerson, Jr., as well as Dykes, who cites Malik Psalms as an absolute monster. Goff said “he can just move some weight,” and he’s not joking: Psalms has bench pressed 330 pounds, and runs a 4.5, with a vertical leap of 40 inches, so he may very well make an impact for Lovett immediately.
Dykes also addresses how the decision was reached to play four-star Jaylinn Hawkins at cornerback, and how integral the pass rush is to shoring up the worst passing defense in Division I college football two years running.
We also break down the linebackers as a group, and Nickerson is more than willing to talk about how their veteran hands are going to have an affect on a defense that has something to prove.