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Football: Tedford helped direct Wilkerson to Az

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 8:48 am in Football.

Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen reports that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is giving credit to former Cal coach Jeff Tedford for helping to direct ex-Bears player David Wilkerson to Tucson.

“Coach Tedford called me. He’s a good friend of mine,” Rodriguez said. “He said, ‘Hey, a really good linebacker who played for me is maybe interested in transferring to Arizona.’ ”

That was Wilkerson, who left Cal during fall camp after dropping on the depth chart.

A former four-star recruit, whose career at Cal was limited by injury, Wilkerson is paying his own way at Arizona. He becomes eligible next season and is expected to apply for a second season of eligibility because he missed two years due to injury.

“I’m excited about it. I think he’s a good football player,” Rodriguez said.

“He had a little bit of a shoulder injury, so he has a chance to get his shoulder strong, get a year ahead academically and then I think we’ll get a couple of good years out of him.”

Rodriquez said the 6-foot-2, 238-pound native of Danville could end as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

 

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  • BlakeStreetBear

    Great job JT! Are there any other current Cal players you want to ship off to rival schools?? Its a douche move, plain and simple. Is this behavior NCAA santioned??

    ;(

    How is it that after his firing LAST DECEMBER JT has had anything to do with Cal football? He called rich rod during the Fall to tell him about Wilkerson!?! wtf?

    If anyone can find another example of this scenario please share.

    #FUJT

  • bigdruid

    So, why wouldn’t JT help a former player find a new school after he’d already gotten his release from Cal? Seems totally reasonable.

    Say what you will about JT, he seems like a man of integrity and I doubt he did anything shady or to undermine the program.

  • BadBill

    Two things; JT likely maintained a family relationship with the Wilkersons as they both lived in Danville, let alone JT’s kids went to the same High School (Monte Vista) as David and two, unlike Cal, UA has a special program for kids with learning disabilities, which Wilkerson supposedly has. While I was hopeful he’d transfer to a non-Pac-12 school, this sounds like a good fit for the kid. Added to JT’s relationship with Rich Rod, I have no problem with JT helping here. It’s a unique situation and INHO, totally appropriate.

  • BadBill

    Two things; JT likely maintained a family relationship with the Wilkersons as they both lived in Danville, let alone JT’s kids went to the same High School (Monte Vista) as David and two, unlike Cal, UA has a special program for kids with learning disabilities, which Wilkerson supposedly has. While I was hopeful he’d transfer to a non-Pac-12 school, this sounds like a good fit for the kid. Added to JT’s relationship with Rich Rod, I have no problem with JT helping here. It’s a unique situation and IMHO, totally appropriate.

  • ThisisCal

    I’m sure that special program for kids with learning disabilities is very popular at UA!

  • Easy Ed

    Good for JT, we had no interest in keeping the kid so what’s wrong with JT looking out for a good kid and former player?

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Couldn’t JT have used his $$ to hire a tutor for Wilkerson when they were both at Cal?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    “Couldn’t JT have used his $$ to hire a tutor for Wilkerson when they were both at Cal?”

    LMFAO!

  • Eric

    I don’t think this should bother any Cal football fan. So he directed a guy to a rival school – so what? Guy wasn’t making it at Cal, and, while I would prefer he noted be directed to a Pac-12 rival (unless it was a poison pill…) in these circumstances I think we should want to see any kid try to succeed.

  • BlueNGold

    Stories like this are the last thing that Cal football fans should be obsessing about.

  • coinared

    The few games he was out on the field, he was pretty good. We could use him now, perhaps as a DE. Don’t know why it did not work out.