BTTV: Bears Start Prep for SDSU

BERKELEY -- Cal readies for San Diego State with a full-pads scrimmage on Wednesday, and Sonny Dykes updates several injuries and a position switch.

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BERKELEY -- California head coach Sonny Dykes updates injuries to Aaron Cochran and Vic Wharton (mild foot sprain), as well as a position change for Demetris Robertson.

For the third day in a row, Cochran has been in pads, with a knee brace, but no crutches, as he works back from a sprained knee.

"He's getting closer," Dykes said. "He's back, conditioning, and I would expect him to b released [for football activities] next week." The Bears started preparing for San Diego State and Donnel Pumphrey as soon as they got on the plane back from Sydney, but with a bye week, Wednesday was reserved for a full-pads scrimmage dedicated to the younger players on the roster, including Chris Yaghi, who tallied three tackles for loss.

"I think we've got to get more consistent with the second and third quarterbacks," Dykes said. "Make good decisions, get the ball to the right guys."

Dykes was disappointed in punter Dylan Klumph's Australia performance, but in Wednesday, Klumph clobbered at least five punts of over 55 yards.

"He's got a big leg," Dykes said. "He didn't punt the ball well in the game. I think we were all disappointed in the way he punted. He had a shank and then two just kind of sub-par deals for him, but I think he's going to be a good punter. He's got a big leg. It's just a matter of being consistent."

Stay tuned for more from practice.

More Quotes:

On San Diego State: "You've got more of an idea what they're going to do [than Hawaii]. I wouldn't expect them to change. They're probably going to be on an 11-game win streak when we play them. I wouldn't anticipate a whole lot of change [from last season]. I think we'll see what they do. They're a physical team and play aggressively on both sides of the ball, and really good on special teams."

"If you look at the end of the year, they were playing as good football as anybody. They blew people out, week after week after week. They had a relatively close game against Air Force, but then blew everybody out in the conference. I don't know if they played anybody in the Mountain West, or even in the bowl game, much after halftime." difficult does it make scouting them, when they didn't play guys in the second half: "We had 14 games of film last year, with the WAC [sic] championship and the bowl game, so there's a lot of tape."

On Chad Hansen: "He caught 11 in the first half, and it was a pretty quiet 11, honestly. Someone said something at halftime, and I had no idea he caught that many. The thing about it is, I think there's a level of trust right now, between him and Davis. The quarterback, especially in the early games, are always going to go to guys they trust the most, and I think right now, that's Chad. They did some things in the second half to take him away a little bit, and open up the middle of the field. I'm sure we'll see some looks where they walk him down. San Diego State's got really good corners. They've got a corner [Damontae Kazee] that I believe was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year last year, and is supposed to be a high draft pick. It'll be a good challenge for him."

On Davis Webb spreading the ball around more: "I think he will. I think those guys have to earn it. That's the thing about it. You want him to be comfortable with those guys, and the only way he gets comfortable with them is when those guys emerge. We've made a little bit of a switch, moved Vic Wharton to X and flipped Demetris to Z, which will kind of split up a little bit of our speed, and was something that we'd talked about doing, and we feel like it makes sense to do it now. We'll see how it plays out."

Jake Spavital said that he wanted to ease Robertson in, and not overwhelm him early. How does flipping positions complicate that? "It's the same position. It really is. There's no difference at all. The good thing about what we do is, it's mirrored routes, so if you know one position, you know the other. Probably wouldn't do it if it wasn't an open week."

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