Football: Nickerson out for the season

Redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson will miss the final two games of the season after suffering a foot injury Saturday against USC, Cal announced Monday.

Nickerson, who has started eight games and played in all 10, is the Bears’ co-leader with 64 tackles. He also has five tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Coach Sonny Dykes said that Nickerson has been dealing with a foot issue much of the season, but that he will be unable to play again this season after Saturday’s game against USC.

“I hate that Hardy got injured,” Dykes said. “He was starting to play well. He had started to look like a different guy.”

Khairi Fortt, who had been sharing the middle linebacker spot with Nickerson, sat out last week’s game with a biceps injury. Fortt was listed as probable on Cal’s injury list Monday. “I think he’s doing a lot better,” Dykes said.

Michael Barton got most of the first-team reps Monday, and freshman Chad Whitener is also available at the position.

Dykes said wide receiver Chris Harper, who played sparingly late in the USC game due to a hip pointer, will be fine.


Backup cornerback Isaac Lapite injured his knee Saturday and is declared out of the Colorado game.


Listed as probable for Colorado are receiver Richard Rodgers (thumb), running back Daniel Lasco (shoulder) and running back Daniel Ervin (shoulder).


Dykes said tackle-turned-guard Freddie Tagaloa got about 15 snaps at his new position against USC.

“I thought he did some good things at times. He was a little inconsistent at times,” Dykes said. “He’s still working hard at it, trying to get more accustomed to things.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • KC

    Well, Nickerson’s improvement was a bright spot on our beleaguered defense. Get healthy Hardy and we’ll see you in the spring. With all of the injuries we suffered through this year, we should have some pretty good depth for next season.

  • Larry


    Who is left at MILB? True freshman Whitner?

  • Larry

    Anybody find out any more info on McCain’s dismissal?

    How about the freshman RB who went to the hospital?

    Has Sonny ever explained what happened with these two incidents?

  • Juancho

    I actually saw mccain outside memorial before the game on saturday.

  • 707 Bear

    Do we have enough bodies for a two-deep depth chart?

    What a season!

    Go Bears, beat the Buffs.

  • wehofx

    Well the foot injury explains why he looked a step or 2 slow until osu/udub. Around that time it seemed like the light went off, in retrospect, HN’s foot healing must have played a significant role in his much improved play.

    Speaking of hindsight, we are now officially out of lb’s in a 4-3.

  • Woj

    Get well Hardy. Your Dad was a great college and pro LB.

    Read Wilner’s article – it is spot on espeically in this section:
    ….Among the Cal football constituency, there is growing unease with Dykes. No reasonable observers expected the Bears to contend for the Pac-12 North title given their inexperience and limited roster, and the spate of injuries have compounded the problems.

    But the Bears (1-9, 0-7) have been shockingly bad — unimaginably bad. They are blown out regularly and have yet to defeat a major college opponent. They’re atrocious on defense and not as productive offensively as expected given Dykes’ track record. In a 62-28 loss to USC last week, they allowed three punt return touchdowns.

    Defense = atrocious.
    Special teams Damato excepted = atrocious
    Offense = hyped up but average at best. ‘Bear Raid’ turns to Bear Crash or Bear Heave far too often especially in the red zone. Running game = AWFUL.

    Again, I see zero reason to give Dykes a second year.
    If it means his and Barbour’s dismissal in this! offseason, I say Go Buffs and Go Cardinal.

    This season is a lost cause. Might as well get a new regime on board to dig out of this burial site.

  • BlueNGold

    Firing Dykes after one year would be a colossally stupid move on a number of levels, but seeing the source of the calling for his firing, its hardly surprising. Woj has been wallowing in negativity the entire season and is now incorporating bone headedness into his repertoire.