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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.
Nov 7 - 7:38 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.
Nov 4 - 9:42 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.
Nov 4 - 9:32 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.
Nov 1 - 10:10 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.
Oct 28 - 5:27 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.
Oct 22 - 12:10 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.
Oct 18 - 7:37 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.
Oct 16 - 10:28 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.
Oct 16 - 8:54 PM

Cal CB redshirt freshman Camryn Bynum recorded two interceptions in the school's 37-3 win over Washington State.

Bynum is really emerging in just his first season on the field. He's started every game so far and is the team leading in pass deflections. The Bears did a great job of swarming receivers and forcing Luke Falk to throw into tight coverage.
Oct 14 - 10:52 AM

Cal junior WR Kanawai Noa caught six passes for 95 yards in the school's 37-3 win over Washington State on Friday.

Noa had a long catch of 27 yards. He missed the game against Washington but is on a streak of three very solid performances outside of that game. Noa has really emerged this season as Cal's go-to option.
Oct 14 - 10:25 AM

Cal senior RB Vic Enwere rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in this school's 37-3 throttling of No. 8 Washing State on Friday.

Enwere sprung a long run of 26 yards, but his most entertaining run went for a seven-yard score, where he barrelled over an awaiting Washing State defensive back. This was easily Enwere's top game of the season.
Oct 14 - 10:15 AM

Cal junior RB Patrick Laird (undisclosed) could miss Friday's game against Washington State.

Laird (6'0/200) is "banged up" according to a report from Jeff Faraudo, and wasn't on the field for most of the second half in the blowout loss to Washington on Saturday. His loss would be a big one for a team that already has lost Tre Watson for the year and is missing several other skill-position players. If Laird can't go, expect to see lots of Fic Enwere in the backfield for the Golden Bears.
Oct 12 - 8:12 PM

Cal redshirt sophomore QB Ross Bowers completed 23-of-41 passes for 255 yards and three scores in a 45-24 loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Bowers (6'2/200) got off to a slow start, and while he was able to make plays in the passing game, it was too little, too late against the high-flying Ducks offense. Still, this is a vast improvement over the four picks he threw against USC last week. He'll take on the tough Huskies defense next week when Cal travels to Washington.
Oct 1 - 2:27 AM

Cal junior WR Kanawai Noa caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in a 45-21 loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Noah (6'0/175) has been the Golden Bears big playmaker through the air the past few games, and he's gone over 100 yards the last two games. His touchdown was a 75-yarder from Ross Bowers where he burned the Oregon defensive back and went untouched to bring Cal within 10 at 24-14 in the middle of the third quarter. It appears Bowers has found his go-to wideout, which is big news for a team that has been ravaged with injuries at the position.
Oct 1 - 2:23 AM


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