It wasn’t a complaint by Urban Meyer, but clearly he didn’t appreciate the deception in Cal’s fake punt against the Buckeyes last week.
It wasn’t a complaint by Urban Meyer, but clearly he didn’t appreciate the deception in Cal’s fake punt against the Buckeyes last week. Late in the second quarter, the Bears lined up for a punt on fourth-and-7. Instead of sending out punter, No. 16 Cole Leininger, Cal sent out quarterback No. 16 Jared Goff.
It was difficult to tell them apart, unless they are side by side since Goff is about 3 inches taller.
“I heard over the headsets and looked out and saw it was their quarterback,” Meyer said. “He made a heckuva throw on a ball that was almost knocked down. I’m not a big fan of tricking people with numbers. I’m not saying they did that, but it’s not by accident the quarterback and punter have the same numbers and body frame. I’m not complaining about it. It’s all by the rules. But there should be some sort of rule.”
College football teams are allowed to have two players wear the same number, just as long as they aren’t on the field at the same time. Having the punter and quarterback wear the same number is rare.
But Meyer didn’t take issue with Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, as much as he may want to see a rule change to alleviate the situation in the future. At the right time, Meyer said, he may bring the issue to the attention of the NCAA rules committee.
“I’ve never had that situation before,” Meyer said. “That may be something at the appropriate time.”
Braxton Miller took part in practice Tuesday. Meyer said his starting quarterback looked good in the weight room earlier Tuesday.
Meyer has options at QB with Miller and Kenny Guiton now. He muddied the waters on what his plan may be Saturday.
“The obvious ones are one starts and one plays a couple series,” Meyer said. “The other is if one’s not healthy (Miller), then he’s an emergency-situation guy. There may be a couple plays where both are on the field.”
However, Miller and Guiton are not like Meyer’s two-headed beast of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida. “One was a curveball, and one was a fastball,” Meyer said. “(Miller and Guiton) are similar quarterbacks. … But I can see Kenny getting a couple of reps out there.”