Whether or not Allan Bridgford will be a part of the quarterback equation at Cal will likely be determined at some point over the next couple of days.
The senior quarterback, first-year head coach Sonny Dykes acknowledged Wednesday, has left the team to ponder his future with the football program. Bridgford left to discuss the situation with his family after being informed by the coaching staff that he would see his practice time reduced this spring.
“He kind of got some news from us that he was going to get some reduced reps,” Dykes told reporters following practice. “Decided he’s going to take a day or two to kind of assess things.”
Dykes did allow that Bridgford would be welcomed back with open arms if, after a couple of days of soul-searching, he decided to return.
Zach Kline, a four-star member of Cal’s 2012 recruiting class who took a redshirt as a true freshman, entered spring as the favorite to replace Zach Maynard as the starter. True freshman Jared Goff (four-star member of this year’s recruiting class) and redshirt junior Austin Hinder are also eating up reps that otherwise might have gone to Bridgford.
Last season, Bridgford started three games, completing less than 46 percent of his passes for 277 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He’s the only QB on the Cal roster who’s thrown a pass at the FBS level.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.