There was a handful of significant news items tonight so let’s get right to it:
–Cornerback Darian Hagan will not make the trip to Arizona State. Hagan has been suspended for one game for missing a class. Jeff Tedford said Josh Hill will start in that spot, with Chris Conte also seeing time. Tedford said redshirt freshman Marc Anthony will travel to provide depth and also said Charles Amadi could get into the rotation.
–Nose tackle Derrick Hill (stinger) and left guard Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder) have both been ruled out for Saturday and won’t travel, either. Tedford said Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will team up to replace Summers-Gavin. Boskovich replaced Summers-Gavin against USC but apparently Fisher has made some strides and could see some time. Fisher has been a guy who has been on the cusp of seeing meaningful playing time the last two years but has just been passed up by others. Last year, Chris Guarnero beat him out for the starting left guard spot.
Tedford said he didn’t know who would start but both guys would play.
“He’s always been really reliable,” Tedford said. “He’s a tough, hard-working guy.”
–Sean Cattouse will replace Marcus Ezeff at one starting safety spot, but Ezeff will still play. Ezeff hasn’t been able to match his level of play from the past couple seasons and Cattouse has been coming on. Brett Johnson will continue to start at the other safety position.
The Bears will travel in the morning and have an early evening walkthrough. I probably won’t be getting on here until mid-afternoon because of my travel itinerary.