I talked with linebacker Zack Follett after practice today and the prospects of him playing Saturday don’t sound promising. Follett said his neck stinger kept him in a pretty good amount of pain for about a week, but the symptoms are gone now. Still, he needs to be careful about his return. Returning prematurely from this type of injury could cause more serious damage.
Follett realizes how important Saturday’s game at Oregon is, but also is thinking about the rest of the season and beyond. The deal-breaker might be the fact that the Bears have a bye next week, meaning Follett can have three weeks off before returning on Oct. 13 against Oregon State.
“Most likely I’ll be back after the bye,” Follett said. “That will give it a lot of time to rest. If we didn’t have the bye, it probably wouldn’t be as enticing to wait it out, even though it’s one of the bigger games of the year. It’s either have me back for one game and maybe get hurt and be out for the rest of the season, or be back for the Oregon State game.”
Follett said no final decision has been made and he is still considered day-to-day.
“I’ve been really fighting trying to come back,” he said. “I almost put on pads today. But it’s the rest of my career or one game.”
In better news for Cal, defensive tackle Matt Malele is practicing and coach Jeff Tedford said it looks like he will play after missing last week’s game against Arizona.
Kicker Tom Schneider is going to miss another game with his quadriceps pull.
–Practice is taking on a different look this week because wide receiver Drew Glover is playing quarterback on the scout team instead of Brock Mansion. Glover, who played quarterback as a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School, is emulating dynamic Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon.
–ESPN analyst Desmond Howard was at practice Wednesday to film a segment with DeSean Jackson. Howard, of course, is one of only two wide receiver/kick returners to win the Heisman Trophy, something Jackson is attempting to do. Howard said the segment should run on “Gameday” on Saturday. Gameday is originating from Eugene this week, and Howard will be on hand for the show.
–Cal’s athletic department wanted to urge all fans attending Saturday’s game to wear blue instead of gold. Oregon fans have been instructed to wear gold.