Sonny Dykes Talks First Spring Scrimmage

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes and the Bears held their first scrimmage of the spring on Wednesday in a closed practice. What did he have to say?

California Golden Bears Head Coach Sonny Dykes

"It was a pretty clean day. We went about 80 plays, it was competitive. I thought that the defense looked really good, at times, particularly early in the scrimmage, and then the offense kind of caught a bit of a second wind at times, as well, and made some plays. It was good to see. We needed to get out and see how our quarterbacks operate. We still have a ways to go there. We expected it to be a little bit something different on those guys, and you could tell their heads were spinning a little bit, but they also did some good things, as well."

Vic EnwereChad HansenBilly McCrary III and Brandon Singleton scored touchdowns, with quarterbacks Ross BowersChase Forrest and Zach Kline throwing touchdowns.

Bowers completed 7-of-8 passes for 101 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Hansen, while Kline was also 7-of-8 for 94 yards and connected with Stovall on his 36-yard touchdown reception. Forrest was 8-of-12 for 89 yards and found Singleton in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown on the final snap of the 75-play scrimmage. Luke Rubenzer (1-for-4, 2 passing yards) and freshman Max Gilliam (0-for-2) also took snaps.

"Encouraging day. I thought Melquise Stovall made a bunch of plays, did some good things. Derron Brown, defensively, showed up a bunch. I thought he had a great scrimmage, made some plays, blitzing. We've been trying to find a linebacker that can blitz and create some havoc, and it looks like we've got a guy, potentially. A lot of good. A lot of good things. A lot of ways we've got to get better, but it was a good day, overall."

How important is it to get this work in: "Critical, critical for us to get this type of work. Any time you have a game situation and have officials, that's great teaching. We have an opportunity to go through and talk about making sure that we play mentally free. We put the ball on the ground once or twice. We got chances to talk about that. Threw some interceptions. A lot of things to improve on. Overall, I thought it was a good day. You learn a lot when you put young kids in a practice situation like this, where it's a game look, and see how they react. We had some young guys that are probably a little nervous. Once they settled in, they performed a lot better, but overall, a good, competitive day."

Hansen (4 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown) and Stovall (4 catches for 66 yards and a TD) were the leading receivers, and Patrick Worstell caught three balls for 40 yards. Nine players tallied at least one reception.

McCrary (4 rushes for 43 yards, TD) and Stovall (1 rush for 43 yards, TD) were the co-leading rushers of the scrimmage with all of Stovall’s yards coming on a single carry on a reverse. Presumptive starter Tre Watson rushed five times for 29 yards, while Enwere rushed seven times for 25 yards and a touchdowns. 11 players overall had carries, including all five quarterbacks.

Linebacker Derron Brown

"It's exciting to finally get some live action at linebacker, get in and get game tempo and everything, so it was fun to come out here and scrimmage."

How would he evaluate his performance at his new position: "I'm excited. I'm excited to move around a little bit in the defense and learn a new position. Wherever I am, I've learned linebacker and safety, so it was exciting."

What will we see from the Cal defense in 2016: "Speed. A lot of speed. A lot of speed everywhere, from the safety position, from the linebacker position, corners -- it's one thing I think we've really improved on this offseason."

Slot Receiver Melquise Stovall

Stovall scored a pair of touchdowns on the day -- one on a 43-yard reverse and another on a 36-yard catch.

"We came out a little slow at first, but we picked it up and came as one. I thought the quarterbacks did really, really good with controlling our offense. The receivers came together and we started balling. The running backs did their job, as well."

You had several big plays, talk about what happened: "The receivers were blocking their butts off, the O-line was blocking their butt off and made it possible. Just making plays is my thing. I like to make people look a little funny out there. I love it."

What makes him so elusive: "I'm not sure. I don't think when I do it. I just go with the flow."

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