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Football: Wilkerson, King wait

Outside linebacker Dave Wilkerson and defensive end Gabe King have had to be held out of practice the past few days as they wait for paperwork to clear from NCAA clearinghouse.

Jeff Tedford said all of the players’ paperwork has been submitted multiple times but policies have changed and they haven’t received  final clearance. The players can’t practice until the NCAA approves it.

This affects Wilkerson more than King. King was likely going to redshirt anyway. Wilkerson had been pushing Keith Browner for a starting outside linebacker spot. He missed out on one final audition because he couldn’t participate in the team’s final live practice on Monday.

Browner probably would have won the spot anyway, but Wilkerson’s absenece right at the end of camp sealed the deal.

Tedford said he hoped the situation wouldn’t drag on much longer and clearly is frustrated by it.

“Anytime something is in someone else’s hands, you always have to be a little concerned about it,” Tedford said. “They have sent it in numerous times. It’s a little bit frustrating when you send things two, three or four times and they come up with new policies once you send it in. They change and come up with something new.

“We were on top of this a long time ago. Compliance is calling three times  a day to figure it out. It can be a little bit frustrating.”

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.

  • abe

    the carnage at OLB position continues…

  • rollonubears

    I can think of one thing I don’t mind being in someone else’s hands.

  • Mr. B

    @Rollonubears

    True, but “you always have to be a little concerned about it!”

    Like why it’s in hands and not in …
    (Sorry, this is a family blog)

  • Bears

    NCAA needs to act so Wilkerson can get on the field asap!

  • rollonubears

    hopefully they process paperwork faster than they process investigations.