Catching you up on some of the spring action from late Friday and over the weekend.
The quarterback competition continued at Cal with the Bears holding another scrimmage Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The team ran approximately 55 plays, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal in nine possessions. Zach Kline, Jared Goff and Austin Hinder all shared the work, with Kyle Boehm getting one series on offense.
Kline went 5 of 6 for 88 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Darius Powe. Goff went 5 of 11 for 90 yards with a 36-yard touchdown to Bryce Treggs. Hinder was 4 of 8 for 54 yards and a rushing touchdown. But coach Sonny Dykes said he hasn't seen any separation yet.
“I don’t think so, not based on what I saw," Dykes said. "We’ll doublecheck our work, but it looked like to me they all did some good things, kind of more of the same. They just keep working harder and getting more comfortable. It seems like every day they’re starting to get a little bit of a better sense of timing and more comfortable with their receivers.”
Treggs, who caught three balls for 39 yards, also weighed in on the competition.
“I see it’s pretty even right now," he said. "All of them are doing a great job. One hasn’t really emerged yet. All of them are doing great, and right now I’m comfortable with any of them if they were to be named the starter.”
The Buffs held their first full scrimmage under new coach Mike MacIntyre on Friday afternoon, running 116 plays (91 from scrimmage, 25 special teams) in about 80 minutes.
Jordan Webb (5 of 11, 98 yards) and Nick Hirschman (4 of 7, 61 yards) had the two lone touchdown passes with Josh Ford (4 carries, 42 yards) scoring the lone touchdown on the ground. Shane Dillon, who worked four drives -- the most of any of the quarterbacks -- was 4 of 9 for 56 yards with an interception.
"Our quarterbacks made some plays,” MacIntyre said. “We have a very quarterback friendly offense. We had a couple of picks, but overall, we made a lot of plays. They played well. [Receivers] D.D. [Goodson] and Gerald [Thomas] made some big plays. Gerald did a good job, he has a lot of talent, he just has to do it every day.”
Colorado will be back at it Tuesday and Thursday before another scrimmage Friday afternoon heading into spring break.
You may have already heard the news that running back Silas Redd will miss the rest of spring practice with a torn meniscus that will require surgery this week. The good news is he's expected to be back for spring ball.
At Saturday's scrimmage, the defensive front impressed Lane Kiffin the most, who told Garry Paskwietz he "couldn't imagine being more pleased" with the progress of the unit as they transition to an odd front.
“I really thought the front seven on the first-unit defense played well,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Hayes Pullard played great at linebacker while George Uko and Leonard Williams were dominant up front. The defense is really picking things up with the new scheme. I can’t imagine being more pleased.”
Pullard tallied six tackles, one for a loss, and Kenny Bigelow had a pair of sacks.
The quarterback competition continues -- likely without end this spring. And with Max Wittek sidelined with a knee injury, Cody Kessler and Max Browne have been getting in all of the work. Kessler went 13 of 19 for 161 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor. Browne went 6 of 9 for 69 yards with a 52-yard touchdown to Darreus Rogers.
Per the all-knowing Bob Condotta, Cyler Miles and Troy Williams got the bulk of the backup quarterback work behind Keith Price -- who Condotta characterizes as "clearly the No. 1 guy." So those of you hoping for a quarterback controversy, you're out of luck.
Here's what Steve Sarkisian said about the backups:
“I thought Troy Williams had two really good practices here the last two practices for a true freshman from day one and then working his way up to practices five and six, I thought he was impressive. I thought Cyler has flashed at some times. But for all of them, like any young quarterback, is finding the consistency and doing things right consistently at a high level, and that’s where those guys get themselves in trouble so that’s what we will continue to work on."