Practice 8: Cal Left Tackle Aaron Cochran Out

BERKELEY -- Cal head coach Sonny Dykes talks Aaron Cochran's sprained knee, Demetris Robertson's improvement and more after practice.

BERKELEY -- California left tackle Aaron Cochran will be out for two weeks with a sprained right knee, but head coach Sonny Dykes has full confidence in backup Patrick Mekari, and calls true freshman tackle Jake Curhan one of the most pleasant surprises of camp.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1694555-left-tackle-next-m..."That's why we had Patrick there, was in case something like this happened," Dykes said. "We felt like he was ready to play, and felt like he was probably the sixth-best O-lineman. We've repped him at center, we've repped him at guard and we've repped him at tackle, and the good thing was, when somebody did get hurt, he was ready to step in and go."

Cochran went down during a non-contact inside run drill on Monday, late in practice, and was carted off the field. Mekari immediately stepped in, and ran with the first team on Tuesday, with Cochran in a leg brace and on crutches.

Dykes also discusses the development of Demetris Robertson, the run defense, the health of Hamilton Anoa'i and the move of Kennedy Emesibe to fullback.

"He's not athletic enough to be a defensive end, but not quite big enough to be a tackle," Dykes said. "But, he's a really good athlete, so we're trying to figure out a place for him to play."

As a side note to Robertson, the five-star freshman receiver -- who has been the last man on the field nearly every day of fall camp -- was told that he was only the third-to-last today, he made a u-turn at the north tunnel, and went back out to work more.

Dykes also talks about the emergence of walk-ons Bug Rivera and Justin Dunn, and said that Patrick Worstell "has had as good a camp as anybody."

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