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Football: Anthony to start

Cal cornerback Marc Anthony returned to practice today after missing the past two games with a dislocated shoulder and will start Saturday at UCLA.

True freshman Stefan McClure, who had played well in place of Anthony, will still see some playing time, coach Jeff Tedford said.

“Typically, our policy is if a guy gets hurt, he doesn’t lose his job to injury,” Tedford said. “Stef will get some playing time. He was starting to be in the rotation anyhow, and it just worked out that he had to play a lot because of Marc. It was good for him, and now I feel good about getting him into the rotation.”

McClure replaced Anthony early in Cal’s 43-15 loss at Oregon and was beaten a handful of times. But he bounced back the following week against USC, helping shut down Trojans star receiver Robert Woods. McClure followed with another solid outing last week against Utah.

“He played well, but there are a lot of things he can improve on as well,” Tedford said. “But he’s earned playing time, no doubt about it. But Marc was also playing well.”

 

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.