Football: Three freshmen not eligible for summer bridge program, could still join team in August

Three Cal freshmen defensive line signees were not eligible to report Friday for the start of the athletic department’s summer bridge  academic session, according to the school.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley of Kennedy High in Richmond, defensive end Garrett Hughes of Centennial-Corona and defensive tackle Marcus Manley of Santa Monica Junior College all will miss the six-week program that begins Monday.

A Cal athletic department spokesman said the players’ absence from the summer bridge program does not mean they can’t become eligible in time to be on the roster when fall camp begins Aug. 5.

If none of the three get eligible, the Bears will take a big hit on their defensive front. McKinley is potentially a special talent, equipped with sprinter’s speed. Hughes comes from one of the state’s elite prep programs, and Manley is expected to arrive as a sophomore with three years of eligibility.

Kennedy coach Carl Sumler said McKinley is awaiting his latest test score and expects to be able to join the team this summer.

On the men’s basketball team, freshman forward Roger Moute a Bidias did not arrive in Berkeley on Friday, but will start the summer bridge program once he resolves a visa issue with his native Cameroon.

Jeff Faraudo