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California junior WR Trevor Davis (neck) will miss Friday's game against Oregon.

Davis was involved in this past weekend's scariest moment, taking a knee to the head on a fourth-quarter kickoff return versus UCLA. He was carted off the field after laying motionless for a few minutes. Golden Bears coach Sonny Dukes said Davis suffered a "jammed neck," but noted he'd been released from the hospital. "Luckily all the tests came back good, and his long-term prognosis is good," Dykes said on the weekly Pac-12 coaches conference call. Davis has 21 receptions for 360 yards and four touchdowns this season, averaging 51.4 yards per game. Meanwhile, Cal is expecting junior Chris Harper to play, despite a bruised back.
Oct 21 - 8:15 PM

California sophomore S Griffin Piatt will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

A school spokesman confirmed the news, but wouldn't disclose the nature of Piatt's injury. Piatt was California's leader in tackles (32.5), interceptions (3) and passes defended (9). The converted receiver missed all of last year after tearing his ACL in spring practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 14 - 7:34 PM

California sophomore QB Jared Goff completed 23-of-41 throws for 449 yards and seven touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's overtime victory over Colorado.

Goff had never gone over four touchdown throws before. Cal's offense has made great progress this season under Sonny Dykes, an evolution apparent in Goff's numbers. He's 79-for-127 (62.2%) for 1,339 yards and a 17/3 TD/INT ratio through four games, during which the Bears are 3-1. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has "extraordinary talent and potential" according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, who added in May: "The super sophomore is a polished pocket passer with A-plus arm talent and a terrific feel for the position."
Sep 28 - 6:25 PM

Ted Agu's family will file a wrongful death lawsuit against The Regents of the University of California.

Agu died after collapsing during a conditioning workout with teammates in February. Cal team physician Casey Batten said he was pulled out of the run by members of the training staff and transferred by cart to the team's medical facility inside the stadium. "He was on the back of the cart, he was talking, he was hydrating, he did not exhibit any labored breathing or other signs until he got to the north tunnel," Batten said in February. A release from the Agu family's lawyers states, "Despite the symptoms which clearly could and should have been observed, UCB coaches and trainers failed to immediately come to Agu's assistance. It was only after Agu struggled and encountered obvious difficulties for a significant period of time that intervention occurred and he was placed on a cart and taken back towards the stadium, where he collapsed for the last time."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 9:35 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline urges readers to keep an eye on California senior S Michael Lowe.

The Bears obviously don't boast an embarrassment of future pro riches on their current roster, but Lowe is an exception. "Lowe is the only Cal senior who receives mention in scouting circles," Pauline writes. "Lowe is a legitimate NFL prospect and considering the number of late round safeties the program has put into the league, he’s one to watch." The free safety has "nice size," is "instinctive," takes "good angles" and is a "solid open field tackler," according to Pauline.
Jul 22 - 5:53 PM

California senior CB Avery Sebastian will garner NFL attention in 2014 if he successfully returns to full strength following a torn ACL last year, wrote Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

The Bears suffered many damaging injuries in 2013, with Sebastian starting a run of awful luck by going down in the season opener. The Honorable Mention all-conference honoree in 2012 "looked like a future standout" prior to his injury, according to Rang. Sebastian runs a 4.59 second forty at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds. "He has some 'tweener traits but showed off the combination of athleticism and awareness in the past that could generate interest if he returns to health," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 9:33 PM

California junior OLB Jalen Jefferson's "agility and speed make him an intriguing candidate as a chase linebacker in the 4-3," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Jefferson could use more time in the weight room, playing last season with a relatively slim build for linebacker," Rang wrote. "He possesses very light feet and good balance to beat backs to the edge, as well as avoid blockers and break down to make the effective open-field tackle. He isn't an explosive hitter but wraps his arms securely to drag ball-carriers to the ground." Jefferson posted 64 tackles -- 6.5 tackles for loss -- and tied for the team lead with three sacks as a strongside linebacker in 2013. "Jefferson is prone to over-aggression, however, too often over-committing and leaving cutback opportunities to savvy runners," Rang wrote. "The junior needs polish but the tools are there to develop."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 19 - 1:52 AM

A scout "familiar with the program" calls Cal junior WR Chris Harper a "poor man's DeSean Jackson."

Like Jackson, Harper has a wiry (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) frame and great agility. He isn't as fast (4.53 forty) or as vocal, having flown under the radar in two seasons on campus. "[Sonny] Dykes' scheme spotlights Harper, allowing the diminutive receiver to gain easy releases out of the slot and getting the ball into his hands in the open field where his elusiveness, vision and burst make him most dangerous," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "His light feet and balance make him a very efficient route-runner and he possesses soft hands, though size limitations are a obvious concern when projecting him to the next level." Harper posted 70 receptions for a team-leading 852 yards and five touchdowns last season. He's a good bet to top those numbers in 2014, making Harper a Pac-12 wideout to remember during summer fantasy drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 10:04 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline notes despite the cupboards being a bit bare on Cal's roster, it would be worthwhile to keep an eye on senior S Michael Lowe.

Lowe has "nice size," is "instinctive," takes "good angles" and is a "solid open field tackler," according to Pauline. Lowe has started a number of games, namely at free safety.
Jun 18 - 3:05 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks junior OG Jordan Rigsbee as California's best pro bet, but adds that "he's far from a sure thing as an NFL prospect."

Rigsbee has started at left guard each of the past two seasons but will take his act to center in 2014. "On tape, Rigsbee looks shorter and stockier than his listed size," Rang wrote of the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder. "His stout frame and tenacity is well-suited to the interior, where the battles are won and lost with leverage and power. Rigsbee plays with heavy hands, jolting defenders with his initial punch and shoving them off the line when run blocking. He plays with a nasty disposition, scrapping through the whistle's echo." That aggression, however, can become problematic. Rang notes that Rigsbee "is so consumed with knocking defenders back that he gets over-balanced, leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves and light-footed pass rushers able to slip past him on counters." The NFL would like Rigsbee to focus more on his technique and less on being a tough guy next year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 10:05 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks sees "extraordinary talent and potential" in California sophomore QB Jared Goff.

Goff showed nice toughness and gumption as a true freshman thrust into the starting lineup last year. Sure, he led the Bears to only one win, but nobody was expecting much during the transition season to new coach Sonny Dykes' aerial attack. "The super sophomore is a polished pocket passer with A-plus arm talent and a terrific feel for the position," Brooks wrote. "He is capable of making every throw in the book with zip and velocity, while also displaying the timing, touch and anticipation to make finesse throws down the field. Given more chances to toss the ball around the yard to a talented set of pass-catchers, Goff could lead the nation in passing yards as a second-year starter."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 5:29 PM

Saints selected California LB Khairi Fortt with the No. 126 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Fortt (6-foot-2, 248) spent two seasons at Cal after transferring from Penn State, but played in only nine games due to a knee injury. He manned Will 'backer for the Bears, recording 64 tackles -- 3.5 for a loss -- and a half-sack. An excellent athlete, Fortt ran 4.7-flat at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump, pumping 30 reps on the bench. Fortt projects as an athletic inside linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme, with starting capability down the road, assuming his knee holds up. He'll likely focus on special teams as a rookie.
May 10 - 2:26 PM

Packers selected California TE Richard Rodgers with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Rodgers (6-foot-3 3/4, 257) made only 11 starts at Cal, managing 59 career catches for 896 yards (15.2 YPR) and two touchdowns. He ran 4.87 at the Combine with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Rodgers missed time in college with ankle, foot, shoulder, and thumb injuries, undergoing surgery on each of the latter three body parts. Rodgers has big hands (10 1/4") and possession receiver skills, but is both speed and size deficient. He might develop into a useful pass-catching No. 2 tight end, though we expect Brandon Bostick to continue to get opportunities in the "move" tight end role for the Packers, with Andrew Quarless as the in-line starter.
May 9 - 11:19 PM

The Patriots have been "closely inspecting tight ends" and draft insider Tony Pauline urges fans of the team to "keep an eye on" Cal's Richard Rodgers.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior is a finesse, pass-catching TE. Interestingly, prior to the 2012 season, then-Cal HC Jeff Tedford picked the brain of Patriots HC Bill Belichick about how to better utilize his tight ends corps fronted by Rodgers. Rodgers' blend of athleticism and receiving skills has him ranked in the second tier of TE prospects behind Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) and Jace Amaro (Texas Tech).
Apr 22 - 5:10 PM

Campus Insiders' Rich Cirminiello reports that Cal junior LB Khairi Fortt had a visit with the Seahawks on Thursday.

Fortt originally played ball at Penn State, and then transferred to Cal after Penn State was hit with unprecedented sanctions. Fortt started the first nine games for the Golden Bears last season, with 64 tackles in his only year of action with Cal. The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Fortt is a projected to be a sixth or seventh-round pick in this years draft.
Apr 18 - 2:50 PM


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