Senior offensive guard Dominic Galas, sidelined the entire season after surgery for a torn pectoral muscle during the summer, will play in Saturday’s Big Game against Stanford.
“Like anybody, I think he’s a little nervous, but he’s excited,” Cal offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik said. “You really worry when guys get hurt, it’s hard for them to stay engaged sometimes. He’s been phenomenal.”
Galas started every game at center last season, then was moved to right guard in the spring, with guard Brian Schwenke switching to center. A 6-foot-1, 290-pounder from Modesto, Galas then tore the pectoral muscle lifting weights just before the start of fall camp.
Without him, the Bears’ line has been a work in progress, slow to develop cohesion and consistency. But the line is perhaps coming off its best performance of the season in Cal’s 31-17 win at Washington State.
Galas is not scheduled to start, but will play, coach Jeff Tedford said. Sophomore Chris Adcock is Cal’s starting right guard.
“The team understands that he’s a high-motor, high-intensity game,” Tedford said. “Even before the game he’ll bring some juice because he’s just that type of guy.”
At this point, his availability is a bonus.
“(Galas) gives us some depth there because some of the offensive linemen have been banged up, so he gives you a little bit more of a fresh body in there,” Tedford said.
Michalczik said Galas could see action at any of the three interior offensive line spots, but cautioned that he will be rusty in his first game since last December.
“The thing Dom really provides is he’s got that bulldog attitude,” Michalczik said. “He’s a warrior, a tough kid, a competitor, and you love that about him.”