Ta’ofu’ou update

As expected, starting fullback Will Ta’ofu’ou has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Coach Jeff Tedford said Ta’ofu’ou will be sidelined 3-6 weeks. Brian Holley and Zack Smith will fill in.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Boy, I’ve had a sprained MCL, and if he can come back in four weeks, more power to him. Those things can be chronic.

  • Jan Koski

    That plan stinks for the running game! But, what about Cameron Morrah? I haven’t noticed his name in your post or articles, and I just read from another source that he is developing into a real threat. Is that true? No worries about not mentioning his name, I know a lot happens and everyone can’t make the post.

  • TrumanHugh

    Hey J.O.–This isn’t directly related to your post, but it was beacuse of it that I have this question. (I was also told that the Cal Q&A column wasn’t coming back, which would be a more appropriate outlet.)

    I am looking through the 2007 media guide that came with my season tickets and when I look at each players bio, there is a classification that isn’t explained.

    Under Cameron Morrah it says “SO-1V,” which I assume means sophomore, one year of varsity play (eligibility) completed. Another player lists as “FR-RS,” which is, I assume, freshman who redshirted the prior season; yet another is “SR-2V,” senior with two years of eligibility completed, etc.?

    The classification I’m wondering about is under a few players, like Brian Holley, which says “SO-SQ.” Sophomore is easy, but what is SQ? I assume “squad,” players on the team who just don’t play? There is no recap of previous seasons’ accomplishments on any of the SQ-labeled bios, but some mention “scout team” activity. What is a scout team? Does it effect eligibility?

  • Jan Koski

    Hey Truman,

    Since I don’t see any news for today’s scrimmage, I’ll save J.O. the effort. You should be able to find an explanation for your questions in the media guide… The number after Varsity(V#) designates the number of years that a player played in games. It doesn’t elude to if they red-shirted or simply never entered the game. A The Scout Team (SQ) emulates opponents for the starters during practice. Players only lose eligibility if they play in games, and SQ players don’t play, so there aren’t any highlights. After Holley plays on Sept 1st, he won’t have that SQ label, but the V1 next year and some highlights if he accomplishes anything…

  • TrumanHugh

    Thanks, Jan, for the reply. The media guide–absent of a legend or key–pretty much confirmed my assumptions, which I figured out upon more reading after my lengthy post last night. Your explanation of the scout team and its “SQ” designation is much appreciated, as I never knew the practice teams had a formal name. One thing however: the media guide roster does, in fact, allude to a redshirt season with its “RS” label. I realize that the “RS” and the “SQ” would convert to a “1V” upon a players entry into active game play.

    Thanks, again. I’m a third-generation Bear alum and lifelong fan and ticket holder, but when it comes to the mechanics of the game, I still have much to learn.