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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

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

Cal signed 2018 three-star DT Aaron Maldonado, previously a UCLA verbal commitment.

Maldonado (6'3/280) ranks as the 45th best defensive tackle in the class on ESPN, and 66th on Scout.com's list. He picks the Golden Bears over UCLA, and also offers from Boise State and Brigham Young. It appears he already has the size to play at the next level, and scouting reports suggest he should be a quality defender against the run. It's a nice get for Justin Wilcox and the on-the-rise Cal club.
Source: 247 Sports
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:31:00 PM

Cal redshirt senior DT James Looney accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Looney (6'3/275) was a standout when the Cal defense wasn't so good, and he was a big part of the Bears improvement in 2017. Mel Kiper ranked him as one of the five best seniors at the defensive tackle position coming into the year, and he's been given anywhere from fourth-to-sixth round grades by analysts. A good display at the shrine bowl could see that stock rise, even in a strong year for interior lineman.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:42:00 PM

Cal junior RB Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards on 32 carries in the school's 30-27 loss to UCLA on Friday.

Laird added another 30 receiving yards. This means Laird posted a three-game stretch of 214, 153 and 178 rushing yards. That is officially good. Cal is not bowl eligible, so we look forward to seeing Laird make plays in the 2018 season.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Football Scoop is reporting that Beau Baldwin will be named the next head coach of Oregon State once their season is over.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Baldwin had interviewed for the position. Apparently, this interview went well. The 45-year-old coach served as head coach at Eastern Washington prior to leaving to coordinate the Golden Bears offense, and he lead the Eagles to a national title and playoff appearances in six of nine seasons with an 85-32 overall record. He also spent a year coaching at Central Washington. The 1-10 Beavers finish their season on Saturday against Oregon State.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 11:18:00 PM

Cal junior RB Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown in a 17-14 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Laird (6-0/200) has been one of the best stories of the Pac-12 conference in 2017. He showed impressive power on his runs again; especially on a one-yard score that brought the Golden Bears to within three at 17-14. He also was a big part of their passing game, catching four passes for 47 yards. It just wasn't enough against the tough Cardinal team. Cal gets another crack at a bowl when they take on UCLA next week.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Cal sophomore WR Melquise Stovall (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Just what Stovall is dealing with is unknown, but regardless, he won't see the field again for the Golden Bears this season. The 5-foot-8, 179-pound sophomore posted a respectable 42-415-3 receiving line in his first year of collegiate play in 2016, but he has been a non-factor on offense this season. He'll finish the current campaign without a catch.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 07:38:00 PM


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