Sonny Dykes debut spring game at Cal featured a running back that wowed the crowd of more than 5,000 with his size and speed, but no one knew he had run out of eligibility.
On third down, former Bear and current Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (or as I like to call him, the guy who cost me a spot in my fantasy football playoffs) took a handoff on third down and ran unscathed into the end zone to a rousing cheer. Of course, the defense was instructed not to touch him and when he pulled off his helmet, he received a rousing cheer.
Here’s the scene from the San Jose Mercury News:
But as it turned out, the ball carrier wasn't supposed to be touched. He was a ringer -- former Cal star Marshawn Lynch -- who entered the game on a third-down play as a surprise to the approximately 5,000 fans who showed up to get a sneak preview of the Sonny Dykes spread offense.
"We told the guys if anybody tackled him, it was going to be a $25 million fine," Dykes said of Lynch's play. "I didn't want to be getting a call from Pete (Carroll, Lynch's coach with the Seattle Seahawks)."
We were wondering if there was some sort of NCAA rule against this – you know, because the NCAA hates all things fun – but it seems like Cal is in the clear.
I think it’s great that Dykes has reached out to at least one former player and asked him to be a part of the program. Now, if he can just get Aaron Rodgers to work with his young quarterbacks…
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