Cal wrapped up practice for the week Thursday night and it was determined that defensive end Rulon Davis will make the trip to Tempe and play on Saturday. Davis has missed the past four games with a sprained foot. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said he would use Davis primarily in passing downs. Davis had been starting before the injury but needs to ease his way back into action.
Cornerback Brandon Hampton will serve as the backup rover with Marcus Ezeff out of action. Gregory said Thursday he wasn’t sure how long Ezeff would be out, that Ezeff just needs to rest his quad injury. Defensive back Robert Peele, who has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, has started some light running but still is a couple of weeks away from playing.
Gregory also said that Cody Jones will start at defensive tackle in place of Mika Kane, who was in a minor car accident this week and missed one day of practice. Gregory said Kane is fine but will give Jones the start since he practiced all week.
On the offensive side, backup guard Mark Boskovich has been getting some reps with the first team, with Noris Malele sitting out some first team reps at times. Coach Jeff Tedford said Boskovich is the backup right guard, so it is unclear if this means Boskovich is in the mix for some playing time.
Wide receiver Robert Jordan practiced without limitation Thursday and will start Saturday. Meanwhile, quarterback Nate Longshore appears to be getting stronger and stronger on the sprained ankle.