BERKELEY, Calif. – After concluding its final practice ahead of Saturday’s game at No. 12 Ohio State, California expects to have outside linebacker Chris McCain and tight end Richard Rodgers available.
The status of McCain (shoulder) and Rodgers (foot) is “pretty much what it was,” Tedford said Thursday morning. Both are listed as probable to play at Ohio State.
After being talked up all off-season as part of an increased emphasis on the tight end position, Rodgers has only caught one pass for 14 yards through two games. However, it is not yet a cause for concern, according to offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik.
“I wouldn’t say we’re impatient waiting for something to happen,” Michalczik said. “It’s going to happen. He’s going to be a good player.”
Meanwhile, Ohio State could get senior running back Jordan Hall back from injury Saturday. Hall, who was the projected starter before he cut his foot in June and needed surgery, practiced all week.
The timing could not be more fortuitous for an offense almost entirely reliant on quarterback Braxton Miller, as senior Carlos Hyde will not play after suffering a knee injury last week against UCF. But Tedford said it wouldn’t change how the Cal defense prepares.
“Got to play whoever is on the field,” Tedford said. “It doesn’t matter who lines up where as far as their tailbacks are concerned.”
Last season, Hall rushed for 405 yards and two touchdowns and added 114 yards and three touchdowns on 12 receptions.
Cal left for Columbus, Ohio early Thursday afternoon and will arrive at around 8 p.m. local time. When the team arrives, they will have a late meal and some meetings before bed check.
They will “get on their (Eastern time) clock tomorrow morning,” Tedford said, including conducting a walk-through at Ohio Stadium.
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.