BERKELEY -- As California got back to practice on Monday in shells, the Bears' leading veteran receiver Chad Hansen was on the shelf with a bruised calf, after a five-catch, 112-yard scrimmage performance on Saturday.
Hansen's absence during one-on-ones, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, though, allowed Tennessee transfer Vic Wharton to take center stage at the Z receiver position, showing off his shakes, hands and speed. Head coach Sonny Davis said that Wharton was not at 100% yet, after hip surgery on Sept. 4 of last year, and a summer of losing some of the weight he stockpiled during his convalescence, but he's showing up at 100% about 75% of the time, which is a large improvement from the spring.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1694907-wharton-hears-a-hoo Dykes said that receiver Greyson Bankhead -- who was on the field, but not dressed and walking in crutches -- will likely miss the season with a broken leg, suffered in a scooter accident on vacation.
As for the preparation for Hawaii, the Bears' opponent on Aug. 27 in Australia, it's a bit of a challenge. The Warriors are breaking in an entirely new coaching staff, starting with head coach Nick Rolovich, lately the offensive coordinator at Nevada from 2012-15, and defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa.
Both Rolovich and Lempa have ties to Hawaii. Before his stint at Nevada (where he ran the pistol), Rolovich coached quarterbacks for the Warriors from 2008-11 (serving as offensive coordinator 2010-11), and was a student assistant in 2003-04. Lempa served as Hawaii's defensive coordinator from 2000-02, and spent the last three seasons coaching defensive backs at Boston College.
The Warriors also, notably, didn't have enough healthy personnel to have even a spring scrimmage, so film o the players is scarce, as well. Dykes talks about these complications in the video above, as well as watching Jared Goff and Stephen Anderson's NFL preseason debuts.
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