Cal has resinstated sophomore outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside, who was kicked off the team on May 24 for unspecified rules violations.
Coach Jeff Tedford made no mention of the move during his opening remarks at Monday’s Bay Area college football media day in San Francisco. But he later gave the news to a reporter from CBSSports.com.
“I think that he understands what he needs to do to be a good teammate and comply with everything we do as a team,” Tedford told CBSSports.com.
His resinstatement should be a lift for the Cal defense. Whiteside, who had 17 tackles last season including three sacks, will compete for significant playing time or perhaps a starting job.
A 6-foot-2, 232-pounder from Newport Beach, Whiteside was rated a four-star recruit out of high school by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and Tom Lemming. Rivals and Scout both ranked him as the No. 4 linebacker in his class.