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Football: Tough day for Bears, who lose Nathan Broussard, Jeffrey Coprich, Quentin Tartabull to serious injury

Cal’s football team, which had avoided serious injury through the first week of fall workouts, announced the loss of three players after Wednesday’s closed practice, including a season-ending knee injury to projected starting middle linebacker Nathan Broussard.

Coach Sonny Dykes said Broussard was diagnosed with a torn ACL to his left knee after twice “tweaking” it in recent days. Broussard, a junior, suffered the same injury to the same knee during August workouts last year and missed the entire season.

Freshman safety Quentin Tartabull, expected to be a contributor this season, tore his left ACL during Wednesday morning’s practice.

Sophomore reserve running back Jeffrey Coprich is out 4 to 8 weeks after breaking his left foot while making a cut during practice Tuesday and will have surgery Thursday.

“I hate it for those kids, especially for Nate, coming off that surgery (last year),” said Dykes, who characterized all three as non-contact injuries.

Dykes said candidates to play the middle linebacker spot include freshman Devante Downs, Hardy Nickerson, Edward Tandy and Michael Barton.

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  • Eric

    Unbelievable.

  • Calduke

    Injuries on the the Bears team are particularly difficult due to the lack of depth.
    SC,Oregon,UCLA, etc simply add a 4-star backup.

  • Rollonubears

    turf

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Go back to grass. Tear up Kleeberger and put in grass there too, intermurals can be played on the little field by Hearst Gym during football season. Between Witter, Kleeberger and Memorial there could be at least 3 football fields worth of grass. Grass is good. Grass is soft and natural and knees like it. Broussard was going to shine this year. Tartabul seemed to be coming on too. I do like Barton though, maybe he steps up…let’s hope.

    Go Bears!

  • Rollonubears

    maybe he steps up.
    or maybe he steps the wrong way.
    sigh

  • BlueNGold

    Here we go again. The football season always starts out with lots of optimism and promise, but then the injuries start to pile up. Sigh…