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Transferring Cal redshirt senior RB Tre Watson tweeted that he will be visiting LSU on April 27.

Watson (5'10/190) was on hand in Lubbock to check out Texas Tech's spring game this past weekend as he continues to sort through his options. He had also been planning on a visit to BYU, but due to some scheduling conflicts, he has had to cancel that trip. He did not mention a potential makeup date for the BYU visit, so the Cougars may just be plum out of luck on this one. LSU has an open competition at running back as it looks to replace both Derrius Guice and backup Darrel Williams for the 2018 season, making the Tigers a logical potential landing spot for the Golden Bears back. Watson missed the vast majority of the past season due to an injury sustained in September, but during a healthy 2016 campaign, rushed for respectable 709 yards. It's unclear just when Watson might be ready to make his decision, nor if there are other players in the mix beyond Texas Tech, LSU and (kind of) BYU.
Apr 16 - 6:25 PM

Michigan redshirt senior TE Ian Bunting transferred to Cal as a graduate.

Bunting (6'7/252) initially signed on with Michigan as a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, but his career with the Wolverines largely ended up a quiet one. He caught just 11 passes for 124 yards at the program prior to deciding for a transfer over the winter. He played sparingly during the 2017 campaign. Moving on to Cal as a graduate transfer, Bunting will be eligible to play immediately during the upcoming season. His place on the depth chart will clarify during August camp.
Apr 4 - 12:25 PM

Former Michigan WR Maurice Ways is transferring to Cal.

Ways (6'3/210) made the announcement on his Instagram account. The former three-star prospect will be immediately eligible to play, as he'll be making the move after attaining his degree. He played 25 games for the Wolverines, mostly on special teams as he's made just eight catches for 71 yards in his collegiate career.
Mar 19 - 12:13 PM

Cal DT James Looney produced a composite score in the 93rd percentile on Sunday in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Looney (6'3/287) came into Indianapolis with late-round grades. That might change after his performance in the combine. He posted one of the best 40 yard dashes of any defensive tackle with it being time at 4.89 seconds, and he also showed off his quickness in the shuttles. He was one of the key contributors to turning Cal's defense from abhorrent to respectable in 2017, and this could help him get early Day 3 consideration -- assuming he shows out at his pro day as well.
Mar 5 - 7:08 PM

Cal signed previously uncommitted three-star 2018 RB Chris Brown in December.

Brown also was considering Washington and UCLA, but ended up pledging with the Bears. Reports indicate that he has a "college frame" right now (6'1/220) and that he's a powerful between-the-tackles runner. He ranked 23rd on 247 Sports list of the top running backs in the class, and he could be a player that sees immediate action for the Bears in 2018.
Feb 25 - 1:52 PM

Transferring Cal redshirt senior RB Tre Watson posted to social media earlier this month that he would be visiting BYU.

Watson (5'10/190) tweeted this out about 10 days ago. It's unclear whether he's taken that trip to BYU or if that'll come at a later date. The Cougars were among the teams that initially recruited Watson when he was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2014. While he had his moments with the Golden Bears -- including a 2016 season in which he posted 709 yards rushing -- he was sidelined for the bulk of the 2017 campaign after sustaining a lower-body injury this past September. If there's a team that needs a modestly productive Power 5 back, BYU would fit that bill. They trotted out one of the worst offenses in the country last season.
Feb 17 - 4:08 PM

Cal assigned a redshirt to WR Demetris Robertson for the 2017 season, meaning he will be classified as a redshirt sophomore for the 2018 campaign.

Robertson (6'1/180) underwent surgery to repair a lower-body injury at the beginning of October and did not play another down for the Golden Bears in the 2017 season from that point on, hence why he was eligible for the redshirt. The former five-star recruit posted a 50-767-7 receiving line as a true freshman in 2016 and has the talent to level up on those respectable numbers so long as he can maintain his health. Robertson could potentially jump to the NFL after the upcoming season.
Source: Rivals
Feb 16 - 2:20 PM

Rivals called California's 2018 recruiting class the most improved group over their 2017 class.

Cal's 2017 class ranked 75th, while the 2018 group ranks 43rd according to Rivals. Some of that can be attributed to the Golden Bears going through a coaching transition, but it's still a marked improvement. "Cal quietly did a very good job in state and improved greatly this year with more wiggle room and better numbers," Rivals' Mike Ferrell writes. "The Bears hit key needs along the offensive and defensive line and improved themselves at the skill positions as well." This could be a building block class as Cal tries to become a contender in the Pac-12 North.
Source: Rivals
Feb 9 - 6:29 PM

Cal senior DE Cameron Saffle retired due to an undisclosed medical issue.

Saffle (6'3/240) was injured in Cal's September opener against North Carolina and did not play again for the remainder of the 2017 campaign. Whatever the nature of that unknown injury, it was apparently enough to get him to give up the ghost for what would have been his senior season. Saffle started 13 games during his time at Cal. In his most productive year in the program, the defensive end registered 57 tackles (8.5 for loss), four sacks and four passes defended back in 2016.
Source: SFGate
Jan 31 - 12:35 PM

Michigan redshirt senior TE Ian Bunting will transfer as a graduate.

Former Michigan TE Jake Butt was propping up Bunting as potentially in line for a star turn prior to the 2017 season, but the 6-foot-7, 252-pounder was almost completely boxed out statistically for the most recent campaign. He caught just one pass for six yards during the season. The former four-star recruit ends his career in Ann Arbor having made 11 grabs for 124 yards. Moving on as a graduate transfer, he'll be eligible to play immediately with his new program come the start of the 2018 campaign.
Jan 30 - 6:08 PM

Cal received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 LB Chris Fatilua.

Fatilua (6'3/220) took an official visit to Cal over the weekend which helped to seal the deal for the Golden Bears. The San Diego native is a likely redshirt candidate for his inaugural year in college unless he puts in a big summer. With Fatilua now in the fold, Cal has received pledges from four linebackers in the 2018 class. The program currently sits at No. 38 on the Rivals team rankings board for the cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 30 - 5:03 PM

Cal senior RB Tre Watson will transfer as a graduate.

Watson (5'10/190) had one year eligibility left after the 2017 season. He'll be using that with a different program. During his time with Cal, the former four-star recruit appeared in 37 contests, making eight starts in that space. His high-water mark with the Golden Bears came in 2016, when he rushed for 709 yards (5.0 YPC) and four touchdowns. Alas, he was largely unable to build on that encouraging campaign, as a lower body injury sustained this past September knocked him out for the bulk of the 2017 season. Cal's now working with an exceedingly threadbare cupboard at running back, having already lost Vic Enwere to graduation and Zion Echols and Billy McCrary III to transfers prior to Watson also opting to exit stage left. Patrick Laird -- who came on to rush for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 -- is in line to start from the word "go" come the fall barring injury.
Jan 20 - 1:31 PM

Former Louisville DC Peter Sirmon was named the new co-defensive coordinator at California.

Sirmon resigned from Louisville on Thursday afternoon, and found a job about an hour later. Coincidence? Probably not. Sirmon has worked with Cal coach Justin Wilcox several times, including Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and USC. Sirmon will also coach the inside linebackers, and co-defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will coach the outside linebackers.
Jan 19 - 3:58 PM

Louisville defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon resigned.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino announced the news. While he didn't provide details, it's likely that Petrino told Sirmon he wouldn't be back. In Sirmon's one season at Louisville after replacing former DC Todd Grantham, the Cardinals regressed from the No. 14 total defense in 2016 to No. 62. Sirmon also struggled in 2016 as Mississippi State's DC -- Grantham was hired to replace him and the defense showed immediate, drastic improvement.
Jan 19 - 1:55 PM

Cal junior RB Billy McCrary III transferred to Abilene Christian.

McCrary (5'10/185) initially joined the Golden Bears as a safety in the 2015 class before shifting over to running back. He saw just six carries for 39 yards during his time at Cal, all back in 2016. McCrary has not played this year due to an upper-body injury. With FCS Abilene Christian, the speedy back will be eligible to hit the field immediately once the 2018 season boots up.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 04:40:00 PM


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