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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'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

Cal redshirt junior WR Vic Wharton III caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-23 win over Oregon State.

Wharton hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first quarter to give Cal a 14-7 lead. The Golden Bears would go on to hold a lead from that point through to the end of the game. While this was Wharton's first 100-yard receiving game since the opener, he's played well in the interim while emerging as the team's most consistent receiving option this year.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 09:42:00 PM

Cal junior RB Patrick Laird rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in Saturday's 37-23 win over Oregon State.

Laird (6'0/200) scored from 12 yards out midway through the first quarter in what was a beautiful overall performance. The junior back has posted at least 130 yards rushing in three contests this season, with Saturday's showing his biggest to date. For the campaign as a whole, he's rushed for 796 yards and seven touchdowns across nine games played.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 09:32:00 PM

Cal and UNLV agreed to a four-game series.

UNLV will have hosting duties on August 29, 2020 and September 5, 2026, with Cal's home contests slated for September 17, 2022 and August 30, 2025. Outside of that September 17th matchup, the other three contests will serve as season-openers. The two squads have never played each other before.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 10:10:00 PM

Cal redshirt sophomore WR Kanawai Noa caught seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 44-28 loss to Colorado.

Noah (6'0/175) didn't do much in Cal's first two games, but he's broken out in a big way since then. The sophomore from Honolulu has at least six catches in every game since Week 3 (excluding the Washington game, which he missed due to injury). Noa has emerged as Cal's go-to receiver.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 05:27:00 PM

Cal junior RB Patrick Laird ran for 130 yards and two scores on 28 carries in a 45-44 overtime loss to Arizona on Saturday.

Laird (6'0/200) was unable to play against Washington State with an undisclosed injury, but he looked healthy against the Wildcats. He opened the scoring with an eight-yard jaunt, and he scored again to start overtime to pull Cal within a point at 45-44. Unfortunately for Cal, their two-point conversion to win the game ended up with an incomplete pass. Laird will look to get Cal back in the win column next week against Colorado in Boulder.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 12:10:00 AM

Cal redshirt senior DT James Looney finished with four tackles, two TFL and 1.5 sacks in last week's upset win over Washington State.

"The senior is an athletic lineman who makes plays up the field or quickly changes direction then pursues to the action with speed to make the tackle in space," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote. "Entering the season with a fifth-round grade, Looney has moved up a full round and could sneak into the draft’s second day with good workouts and performances during a January All-Star game." Over the summer, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tagged Looney as a top-five senior draft prospect at his position. Looney (6'3/275) earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention from the coaches after the 2016 season, and he's obviously made gains to his game since then.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed California senior DB Darius Allensworth a "sleeper" prospect in his Week 7 report.

The Cal defense has undergone a drastic improvement in 2017, and Allensworth (5'11/200) is one of the chief reasons for said improvement. He was everywhere in the 37-3 demolishing of Washington State on Friday, making plays on the ball and also timing blitzes. "I stamped him as a priority free agent after watching him since his sophomore season," Paulin said. "Suffering through an injury plagued 2016, Allensworth has once again displayed next-level ability though the first half of this season." Allensworth could be a quality slot-corner/hybrid safety for a team in the NFL next year.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 10:28:00 PM

Cal senior LB Devante Downs (lower body) will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

This is a brutal loss for the Bears. Without hyperbole, there were very few -- if any -- defenders playing better in the Pac-12 conference than Downs (6'3"/245). His season ends with 65 tackles, three sacks and an interception. It's possible that Downs could be a day two option in the draft, depending on how the medical reports come back.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 08:54:00 PM

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