Scout NOW: Dykes Impressed With Young Linemen

We spoke with Cal head coach Sonny Dykes on Sunday, and this was the biggest takeaway ...

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, along with complimenting his offensive line -- particularly the second-team group -- also gave injury updates on several players.

While linebacker Aisea Tongilava will be out three more weeks, little is known about how long the Bears' Special Teams Player of the Week -- Matthew Rockett -- will be out. He has what Dykes termed a "sprained knee," that the Cal medical staff is evaluating. Dykes said he doesn't "anticipate it being anything major."

Wide receiver Jack Austin injured his foot during the course of the game, and was seen walking off the field on crutches. Dykes said it appears to be a sprained foot. Austin is getting X-rays and MRIs to pinpoint the extent of the damage. More will be known on Tuesday, at Cal's morning press conference.

Dykes said that Brandon Singleton would have played, regardless of Austin's injury, despite the fact that Singleton had been on scout team for much of the preceding week.

“He was one of those guys that we thought we would probably end up playing at some point in the year," Dykes said. "We’re going to need him. He’s a good player, he’s a good athlete. He’s not probably entirely ready to play today, but it was an opportunity to get him some reps in a game, and let him improve and have a chance to play. He’s going to be ready, and we’ve got to get him ready. We’re going to need a lot of healthy bodies through this year. It’s going to be a long season, and any time you have a kid who can run and do the things he can do, he’s going to help this team.

“He can play on special teams and develop into a receiver, which we anticipate him doing. We think he’ll have a good year for us as a receiver, and certainly as a special teams player.”


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