UNIVERSAL CITY -- Coach Jeff Tedford delivered news at Pac-12 media day that every Cal football fan will welcome -- the first pieces of artificial turf were laid Tuesday morning at renovated Memorial Stadium.
"They're putting down the field now -- today," Tedford said. "Half of the field is going down today. It's really exciting. The fans are going to be blown away by it."
Originally, the process of laying the turf wasn't expected to begin until Aug. 1. Tedford expects the team will be able to begin practicing in the stadium by Aug. 15.
"It'll be great to get in the stadium, get familiar with the field, the footing, just the environment, how things have changed," Tedford said.
Galas, who started 13 games at center last season, was initially projected to be sidelined for three months. "Once they go in they can assess better," Tedford said.
Sophomore Geoffrey Gibson is listed No. 2 on the depth chart at right guard entering the start of fall practice on Aug. 4.
"Zach's doing fine. He's ready to go," Tedford said. "He's finishing up his summer school class, just like everybody else is, and he's doing fine
"It really doesn't mean anything," he said. "It really comes down to how you play. There's some pieces that give us the makings of an exciting year -- a 3,000-yard passer coming back, a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard receiver.
"There's some young guys who've got to take over, but the guys are working hard and excited to get going."
"It reaffirms our role as educators and role models," he said. "Obviously, the penalties that came down, as severe as they were, there's a message being sent there. It's a good message, that we all need to understand our responsibility."