UW notebook: Announcement for kickoff time at Cal delayed; Jeff Tedford reportedly a leading candidate for the Fresno State job.

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Washington coach Chris Petersen remains optimistic that senior outside linebacker Joe Mathis will return from a foot injury at some point this season.

Mathis, UW’s sack leader, missed Saturday’s game against Oregon State. Petersen did not give a timeline for Mathis’ potential return.

Last week, the Huskies initially feared Mathis’ foot injury would end his season, but he’s progressed enough that he’s now considered “week to week,” according to sources.

In Mathis’ place, junior Connor O’Brien started at Buck linebacker and had the Huskies’ only sack in Saturday’s 41-17 victory over the Beavers.

Redshirt freshman Benning Potoa’e (three tackles, one tackle for loss) also played more snaps with Mathis out.

“(O’Brien) did a great job. He really did,” Petersen said. “We were really pleased with him and he’s been coming on. He’s been getting in there and he’s been getting significant playing time and certainly he got much more.

“It was good also to see Benning get in there. He did a nice job as well. We’re proud of both of those guys in terms of how they kind of answered.”

Kickoff time announcement delayed

The kickoff time for the Huskies’ game at California on Nov. 5 won’t be announced until Sunday.

The Pac-12’s TV partners have invoked their right to use a six-day selection window to choose next week’s games.

Tedford to Fresno State?

UW offensive consultant Jeff Tedford, the former California coach, is reportedly a leading candidate for the head-coaching job at Fresno State, which came open after Tim DeRuyter was fired Sunday.

Tedford was a quarterback at Fresno State in the early 1980s.

He joined the Huskies staff this summer on a one-season contract that pays him $50,000, according to records released by UW on Monday. The final installment of his contract is due Nov. 1. His deal runs through Dec. 31.