Football: Broussard to have ACL surgery; Wilkerson granted release to transfer

Suddenly, the Bears have personnel issues at linebacker.

On Sunday, the Bears lost backup Nathan Broussard to a season-ending knee injury and backup David Wilkerson was given his release to transfer.

Coach Sonny Dykes said Broussard tore the ACL in his left knee during Saturday’s scrimmage and will undergo surgery within two weeks.

Wilkerson, originally a four-star recruit from Monte Vista High in Danville, has been plagued by injuries during his Cal career. He has seen limited action in fall camp after missing all of last season after having ankle surgery. Wilkerson also served a medical redshirt in 2010.

“He just came in and said it wasn’t working out. We agreed,” Dykes said of Wilkerson. “It’s just kind of time to move on.”

The Bears got some encouraging news with the return of projected starting linebackers Nick Forbes (back) and Khairi Fortt (knee) for Sunday’s short, light workout, along with reserve Hardy Nickerson.
“They’re not at full speed yet, but getting closer,” Dykes said.
Freshman DT Jacobi Hunter sat out practice with a sore shoulder.
Asked about backup quarterback Zach Kline’s strong performance in Saturday’s scrimmage, Dykes said the evaluation process is non-stop.
“If we think we need to do something different, we’ll do something different,” he said. “I don’t think we have that feeling right now. The quarterback competition is the same as the competition at every position on our team.”
He stressed he prefers not to use two quarterbacks, but won’t completely rule out potentially giving Kline playing time alongside starter Jared Goff.
“You really would like to have one,” Dykes said. “But I think if they both merit an opportunity to play, you never say never. We think developing one quarterback always gives you a better shot to win than playing two guys.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Larry

    …”backup David Wilkerson was given his release to transfer.”


  • Dan

    Wilkerson leaving is a bit of a head scratcher. Yeah, I get he’s had injury issues. But that guy was a flat out stud ilb in high school, showed a ton of promise playing early at Cal – good size, strong, mobile, physical. Seems like he would be inn the mix here to play a lot.

    As he’s already used a redshirt, transferring seems odd. Just seems like something here is off. I hope he’s at peace with his decision and finds happiness and playing time elsewhere.

  • rotfogel

    I don’t mean to kick a guy while he’s down, I wish Wilkerson nothing but the best. I had high hopes for him and he made a few good plays, but I also remember him taking really bad angles and missing his assignments, quite often actually. He does have a lot of physical ability, but quite honestly in the spring the LBs that stood out to me were Jalen Jefferson and Nathan Broussard. Too bad about Broussard, he was showing some skill at LB.

  • 707 Bear

    Speaking of linebackers…what happened to the highly touted East Bay/Colorado kid who came to Cal, quit, went to Florida…..

    Go Bears!

  • ScottyBear

    I’m still getting scottybear’s credentials when trying to post.

  • covinared

    707- I read a few months ago he got arrested in Kansas for kidnapping.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Enter Johnny Ragin III.

    Go Bears!

  • Will

    Yep, Martin was arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. Incredibly sad to see someone throw his life away like that. 5 star recruit, thought by many to be the best at his position…

  • Suttree

    Best wishes to Wilko. Bummer it didn’t work out for him at Cal.

    As for the QB situation, have to love the way Kline is handling it. Lot’s can change very quickly at that position.

  • Gobears49


    Also love the way Juancho has been handling Goff’s anointment to #1 QB (for now). No complaints from him or from Kline.