Senior guard Dominic Galas could move into starting lineup, but three linebackers remain iffy, at best, for Cal’s game Saturday night at Utah.
Coach Jeff Tedford said redshirt freshman inside linebacker Jalen Jefferson remains sidelined with a concussion he suffered two weeks ago at Washington State.
Starting outside linebackers Brennan Scarlett (broken hand) and Chris McCain (ankle) are listed as questionable, but McCain was limping badly as he left the practice field on Thursday.
Galas, who missed Cal’s first seven games after tearing a pectoral muscle while weightlifting during the summer, saw his first action of the season last Saturday against Stanford.
Tedford stopped short of saying Galas will replace Chris Adcock in the lineup at Utah, but said it’s a possibility. Adcock has been nicked up the past several weeks, Tedford said.
“Going in (against Stanford) there was some apprehension on his part, understandably, but he came out of it fine,” Tedford said of Galas. “And he’s had a good week of practice.”
On Sunday, Galas said his body felt good the day after playing about 40 snaps. He showed off the four-inch surgical scar above his right pectoral and winced while recalling the incident that cost him most of his season.
“The best way I can explain it is it felt like someone took a 12-gauge and shot my shoulder. It just kind of ripped. Just pain,” he said. “I kind of get the chills just thinking about it.”
– Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whose unit has allowed no more than 21 points the past three games, said sophomore defensive end Mustafa Jalil continues to struggled with a knee injury he suffered in fall camp.
“I don’t think he’s been 100 percent all year,” Pendergast said. “He’s tried to fight through injury. His lack of development because of that injury has been a disappointment so far this year.”
Jalil has seen action in seven games, but has just five tackles and no sacks.
“He’s a tough kid and he wants to contribute. He’s just trying to play through it. As time moves forward, we’ll make a decision on what’s best for him,” Pendergast said, when asked about the possibility of surgery.
“He hasn’t been himself probably all year. That’s kind of a disappointment because he was a bright spot as a true freshman last year. And he’s still got a lot of football ahead of him.”