Cal head coach Sonny Dykes talks freshman standouts, injuries and more in our exclusive one-on-one

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Sonny Dykes gives BearTerritory the latest on Demetris Robertson, Greyson Bankhead, offseason standouts and surprising freshmen in this exclusive one-on-one.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- On Thursday, California head coach Sonny Dykes and BearTerritory sat down for a one-on-one following the main media session for the Bay Area College Football Media Day. The following is a transcript of our conversation.

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http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1690598-cal-releases-fall-...How are the redshirts and the true freshmen coming along? 

"We can do a little bit with them, and we've seen some stuff. All the information I've gotten has been good. I've seen some guys do some things. Certainly, I've gotten reports from our strength and conditioning coaches that have been working with them. Our situation's a little bit unique because of Summer Bridge. When the freshmen come in, we don't have access to them as much as most college football programs do. But, the stuff, all the reports have been positive. I think the guys are in a good place."

Demetris Robertson ran the 200m at the USATF outdoor junior championship in Clovis last month, but the time he put up was not a time that one would have expected him to put up, because he pulled up a little lame. How's he doing?

"Fine. He's had a little bit of a hamstring injury that's lingered. But, he was still able to run really fast, with that injury, over and over and over again. We've just got to be smart about how we deal with him and how we bring him along."

Are we looking at him being limited, maybe, the first week?

"I wouldn't say that. He'll participate fully. I think it's just a matter of just making sure we don't overdo it, you know what I mean? I would expect him to get reps like everybody else does, and just monitor his probably a little more closely."

Was it a little disappointing to see him pull up, because you wanted to see what he could do in passing work this summer?

"No, no, no. I've seen enough (laughing). I just want him to be healthy, most importantly. Sometimes hamstring injuries can linger for a long time. A big part of hamstrings, I've found, through my experience over the years, has a lot to do with fatigue. We've got to make sure that we don't allow him to get too worn down, and just bring him along."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1690287-get-ready-for-fall...Are there any of the freshmen that you're hearing about, from the S&C staff, that are just blowing the doors off?

"I think everybody's impressed with the overall athleticism of the group. I think that's been the one report. You just look at the size and strength and measurements of guys, they're getting bigger and stronger and faster. That part's been encouraging.

The guys that I think everybody's raved about have been the two junior college kids -- Marloshawn Franklin and Jordan Kunaszyk. Those two guys have been, I think, just in terms of what we've seen from them so far, in the weight room and conditioning, and some of the limited drills, have been everything advertised, and then some. That's been encouraging. Both of those are positions of need for us. We need to solidify the other corner spot, and we hope that he (Franklin) can do it, or somebody else can do it. It's going to be important to get that spot solidified. Obviously, Jordan having the size and the length, that's what you want from an inside linebacker. He's got all the stuff that you want from that position. We'll see how that goes from off-the-field weight room stuff, to on-the-field playing, but the reviews are certainly good so far.

I think everybody's been impressed with Camryn Bynum and what he's done and his length and athleticism and size. I think he's a guy that everybody seems to be really fired up about. I think that's the one guy. Chinedu [Udeogu] showed up and just the measurables on Chinedu, the strength, has been impressive, as well.

Cameron Goode is another one that, in the weight room, has been really impressive. Our people have been really pleased with what they've seen from him, so far. We'll see how that translates.

Greyson Bankhead announced on Twitter that he had surgery? Will he still be a part of the rotation?

"We'll see. We'll see what happened with him."

What happened?

"He had an injury on vacation, and we don't have much information. We'll know more when he gets here."

Upper body or lower body?

"Lower body, but we'll see what happens when our medical staff gets a chance to look at it."

When will that happen?

"Probably Sunday. First practice on Monday."

What are the on-field benefits for the Australia game?

"There's a lot of unknowns. I think we get an early game, which means that we're going to get to start a little bit earlier. But, then, we'll lose some of that advantage, returning from the trip, just trying to get our players some time off, get them acclimated from the trip. I think the biggest thing you get from it, is you get a chance to get your team away, around each other, away from distractions, and you get to experience something unique together. That's an opportunity to be a great bonding experience for our football team, and especially a young team. It's going to be important for us to handle this experience in a very mature manner, because guys have to look at it as a business trip. We're going to have some time to do some site seeing, but after that is a football game. The perspective is going to be really important."


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