Football: Cal to face depleted UCLA

The Bears still have their game against Utah tomorrow, but when they visit the Rose Bowl next Saturday, they will face a reeling UCLA team.

Already in shambles after last night’s 48-12 loss at Arizona, the Bruins had six players suspended for the game against Cal for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl that took place just before halftime.

Included in those suspensions are two starters — wide receiver Shaq Evans and defensive tackle Cassius Marsh. Tyler Embree and Randall Carroll, who are listed on the Bruins’ two-deep as backup receivers, are also out.

UCLA’s passing game figures to take a significant hit with the losses, meaning Cal may be able to focus more on stopping the Bruins’ running game, which is usually formidable with the tandem of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman. The Bears are already pretty good at stopping the run, and these developments could make them even more effective.

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.

  • Petersen

    If Cal loses to UCLA in two weeks, I’m burning my Cal gear.

  • rollonubears

    So, 4-8?

  • Bobby

    Wasn’t Randall Caroll a Cal commit at some point? Doesn’t seem like we missed much with him. Same could be said for Marsh, who looked like one of the smallest DTs I’ve ever seen last night

  • oldcalfan

    Marsb was a commit (May of ’09?) that decommitted not long after. Carroll was a target of ours; I believe he was a state 100m champ or finalist like Jahvid.

    Couldn’t happen to a couple of nicer guys if you ask me (sarcasm)

    Can’t say I’ve been happy w/ the QB play recently, but always good to have a reminder of what kind of program JT runs and the character of the kids he brings to Cal.

    Guess I’m sipping the game day kool aid here a bit. Go Bears!