Cal ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in the latest Graduation Success Rates released today by the NCAA. Of the football players that began their careers at Cal in 2004, 54 percent received their degree. The only school with a worse mark in the confernce is Arizona, at 48 percent.
As mentioned in an earlier post, the biggest news today was that Marc Anthony will start Saturday at UCLA. Granted, Anthony has been a starter since the beginning of last season, but with the development of true freshman Stefan McClure, it seemed as though Anthony may have a battle on his hands to get his starting job back.
Cal’s home game against Washington State on Nov. 5 will begin at 3:30 p.m. and air on Comcast SportsNet California.
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.”
Despite amassing “only” 78 yards during Saturday’s win over Utah, Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen still leads the country in receiving yards per game.
Saturday’s performance lowered Allen’s average to 129.43 receiving yards per game. USC’s Robert Woods, after gaining just 36 yards the previous week against Cal, had a big game at Notre Dame with 12 catches for 119 yards. That puts his average at 128.86 receiving yards per game, just behind Allen.
The Butkus Award announced its 12 finalists today, and Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks wasn’t on the list. Kendricks was on the preseason watch list for the award. Kendricks ranks third in the Pac-12 with 7.9 tackles per game.
Less than a week after undergoing surgery, Cal coach Mike Montgomery has been given a “clean bill of health” by his doctors, the school reported Monday evening.
Montgomery intends to return to the office this week and could resume coaching at practice by Thursday. He also plans to attend Pac-12 media day on Friday in Los Angeles, and hopes to participate in practice full-time beginning over the weekend.
Montgomery is declining at this time to provide details on the reason for his surgery.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has picked up Saturday’s game, ensuring it will be televised locally.