http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1626552-chad-hansen-out-of... On Tuesday, Hansen was seen without any braces, sleeves or wraps on his ankle at the end of practice, after sitting out much of the bye week.
"It's kind of a day-by-day thing with him, seeing, just trying to see where we are with him," said head coach Sonny Dykes "We'll see how he responds [Tuesday], try to do a little bit more [Wednesday], see where he is at that point, and as the week progresses, see how he keeps doing. I think he's got an opportunity to play, and I think he will play, but I don't know how much. Not sure how effective he'll be, quite yet, so we'll have to see how it works out. He'll kind of decide how he responds."
Named on Wednesday to the ESPN Midseason All-American team, Hansen -- the former walk-on transfer from Idaho State who has become a revelation for the Bears this season -- is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, has projected 12-game regular-season totals of 118 receptions for 1,540 yards receiving and 16 touchdown catches. All of the numbers would be Cal school records.
Hansen is, however, questionable for Saturday, but his road roommate, quarterback Davis Webb, thinks we'll see plenty of Hansen on Saturday against an Oregon passing defense that ranks 117th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game.
"I think Chad has the opportunity to play this Friday night," Webb said. "In my heart, I think he's going to play. If he cannot, then we have guys like Brandon Singleton, Demetris Robertson, Melquise Stovall, Jordan Veasy, Ray Hudson. Vic Wharton is going to have a chance to have a big game. We've just got to spread the ball around a little bit. Patrick Worstell has a chance to have a good game. It's just who has the hot hand, and go through the progressions and throw to the open guy. It doesn't really matter who it is. You've just got to trust the process, trust the system, go through your reads and give it to the guy who's open and let him make some plays in space."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1709844-chad-hansen-s-unto... Hansen has 59 catches for 770 yards and eight touchdowns over Cal's first six games. He leads the Pac-12 and is among the nation's top receivers in nearly every category including receptions per game (No. 3, 9.8 rpg), receptions (No. 4), receiving yards per game (No. 6, 128.3 ypg) and receiving yards (No. 7). Hansen's eight scoring grabs are also second in the conference and tied for sixth nationally.
Hansen's four 100-yard receiving games this season include a carer-high 196 yards with two touchdowns on 12 catches in the win over Texas, but as Webb said on Tuesday, "nobody cares about the wins over Texas and Utah," at Memorial Stadium anymore; the Bears have not beaten Oregon since 2008, and Dykes is 0-12 against the Ducks, Stanford, USC and UCLA in his tenure in Berkeley.
Dykes is also 1-6 at Cal when he has more than 10 days to prepare for an opponent, and 0-6 after a bye week.
If Hansen is healthy, he'll be going against a very young group of defensive backs, led by freshman cornerback Brenden Schooler, who made a career-high nine tackles last time out against Washington State. Schooler leads the Ducks with two of their five interceptions. Fellow cornerback Tyree Robinson -- a redshirt junior -- leads Oregon with 30 tackles, to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups.
Oregon is last in the conference in points per drive allowed (3.04), just behind the Bears, incidentally, at 2.59. The Bears, though, are third in the Pac-12 in points scored per drive (2.98).
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1718601-bttv-vic-wharton-t... "I think they play a lot of zone," said Webb. "Against Colorado, they pressed them up a little bit, and in some games, they'd go zone, and in some games they go press, some games -- Washington State -- they went more zone, so we'll see what they do against us ... It's just kind of feeling the flow the first couple drives, see what they have for us, get back in rhythm, and go from there."
That mixed coverage is similar to what the Bears saw last time out, against Oregon State, a game in which Hansen was limited to four catches for 16 yards, before exiting.
But, even if Hansen is limited, the Bears do have other down field weapons that, Webb said, "have a chance to step up."
On Robertson's 40 targets, passes average 17.95 yards in the air -- the highest average of any receiver in the Pac-12 -- meaning that if anyone other than Hansen can get behind defenses, it's the five-star freshman, who ranks 69th in the nation in yards per reception (16.90). Wharton is tied for 200th in that stat (13.27 ypr).
In fact, every player Webb mentioned above -- save for Worstell (9.9 ypc) and Singleton (7.9) -- averages at least 10.0 yards per catch, with Stovall in the slot averaging 11.4, Hansen 13.1, Veasy 14.3 and Hudson 13.2. Bug Rivera averages 10.5, while running backs Tre Watson (14.2) and Khalfani Muhammad (11.0) are also in the double digits.
The Ducks are 127th in the nation in percentage of opponent plays that result in a touchdown or a first down (38.6%), 110th in completion percentage allowed (64%), 104th in forced turnovers (1.0 per game), 114th in opponent third down conversion (47.37%), 11th in the Pac-12 in yards per play on third down (7.17), 10th in the conference in yards per play allowed in the fourth quarter of Pac-12 games (7.35), 103rd in the nation in passer efficiency defense (142.96), and 116th in the nation or worse in passing attempts allowed (38.33 per game), completions allowed (24.33), passing first downs allowed (13.33 per game), passing touchdowns allowed (2.50 per game) and passing yards allowed (284.33).null