Spring tour: California

2013-05-13T16:00:00Z 2013-07-05T14:41:49Z Spring tour: CaliforniaBy CLIFF KIRKPATRICK, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Sonny Dykes has taken over as coach of the California football team. He's in a position where there are plenty of athletes to work with but they just need some development.

For some reason the Golden Bears had high expectations most of the recent years and underachieved.

Dykes must pick a quarterback with little separation between Jared Goff, Austin Hinder and Zach Kline after spring practice.

"We have to review everything," Dykes said. "We have three guys we thought were different but all three of them were good players and good leaders and competitive who could handle being the starting quarterback at Cal. I don't thing anyone solidified a position yet." 

Dykes wants to name a starter as soon as possible in training camp. He hopes one improves in the summer and takes the job by the first week or second week at the latest. 

"We want a clear-cut winner," Dykes said. "I believed if you have two QBs you don't have any. Three means you really don't have any." 

That's the opposite approach Oregon State coach Mike Riley uses when dealing with Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz, so we'll so whose philosophy is better by the end of the year. The two teams meet Oct. 19 in Berkeley for Game 7.

"Whoever is the starter will have growing pains," Dyke said. "They haven't started a game. It's our job to put them in situations to be successful. All three of them have what it takes."

The Bears are healthy coming out of the spring, Dykes said. He expects all of the players who had offseason surgeries to be doing some sort of practice the first day of training camp.

Dykes feels this is an important offseason for recruiting. He needs to replenish the numbers in the program for long-term success.

"We need to recruit two running backs to get the numbers up in the program," Dykes said. "The position that's most important is defensive back. The numbers are not where they need to be. We addressed the offensive line. Roster management and development are a big deal in college football." 

So can Dykes re-establish the Bears as national players?

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

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