Football: Still no definitive word on travel status of DBs Sebastian, White for opener at Northwestern

Cal has settled on 68 or 69 of the 72 players who will travel to Northwestern this weekend, but coach Sonny Dykes acknowledged that no final decision has been made on defensive backs Avery Sebastian and Darius White.

Sebastian, who tore his Achilles tendon in Cal’s opener vs. Northwestern a year ago, has struggled through fall camp with a pulled quad muscle.

“He’s not had a healthy day since I’ve been here,” first-year defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said.

Sebastian participated in Monday’s contact workout and “looked like he was able to do pretty much everything,” Dykes said.

“We’ll see what kind of week he has. Is there enough rust knocked off to feel like he can help us? Is he healthy enough to help us? Then we’ll take it from there,” Dykes said.

“I would say based on what I saw today, yes (he will travel).”

White, a JC transfer from Mississippi, was expected to be a starter at cornerback. But he jammed his left shoulder on the first day of fall camp and his recovery has been slow. He, too, could “potentially” be left home this weekend, Dykes said.

Monday was encouraging.

“We’ll see how much contact he can get and how he holds up. But he looked good,” Dykes said. “The kid’s really athletic, he can run and cover. We’ll see how he progresses.”

Jeff Faraudo