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Football: No surprises on 1st Cal depth chart

There were no real surprises on the first Cal depth chart of the fall, released Tuesday morning.

A few things worth noting:

— Junior CB Darius White, slowed throughout fall camp by a jammed shoulder, does not appear anywhere on the depth chart, suggesting he won’t travel to Northwestern.

— Khalfani Muhammad got the nod over Daniel Lasco for the starting job at running back. But Lasco had a strong camp and the Bears intend to use three or four backs.

— Sixth-year senior Austin Clark held off newcomers Trevor Kelly and Tony Mekari for a starting job at DT, opposite Mustafa Jalil.

— As expected, Ray Davison won the SAM linebacker spot, although when the Bears go to a nickel package he is likely to come off in favor of a fifth DB.

— Darius Allensworth edged Cedric Dozier for the other starting CB slot, to be paired with Cameron Walker.

— Freshman Luke Rubenzer, who won the backup quarterback spot, is listed as “or” with senior Austin Hinder. That may mean Rubenzer might be held out (redshirted) unless he is forced to play because of an injury to Jared Goff. Or it may simply be Cal’s way of keeping Northwestern guessing about whether Rubenzer could be used as a change of pace.

Here’s the chart:

OFFENSE

QB: Jared Goff, Luke Rubenzer or Austin Hinder, Chase Forrest

RB: Khalfani Muhammad, Daniel Lasco, Tre Watson or Vic Enwere, Patrick Laird

FB: Lucus Gingold, Bradley Northnagel

LT: Steven Moore, Brian Farley, Aaron Cochran

LG: Chris Borrayo, J.D. Hinnant, Myles Bunte

C: Chris Adcock, Matt Cochran or Addison Ooms

RG: Alejandro Crosthwaite, Matt Cochran, Donovan Frazier

RT: Jordan Rigsbee, Dominic Granado, Vincent Johnson

WR (X): Trevor Davis or Chris Harper

WR (Y): Stephen Anderson or Darius Powe, Raymond Hudson

WR (H): Bryce Treggs, Matt Rockett or Bryce McGovern, Drake Whtiehurst

WR (Z): Kenny Lawler or Maurice Harris, Jack Austin

DEFENSE

DE: Brennan Scarlett, Puka Lopa, Noah Westerfield

DT: Mustafa Jalil, Trevor Kelly, Marcus Manley

DT: Austin Clark, Tony Mekari, David Davis

DE: Todd Barr, Harrison Wilfley

SAM: Raymond Davison, Jake Kearney, Arthur Waintwright

MIKE: Michael Barton, Hardy Nickerson, Jr., Devante Downs

WILL: Jalen Jefferson, Edward Tandy, Hamilton Anoa’i

CB: Cameron Walker, Caleb Coleman, Trey Cheek

FS: Stefan McClure, Griffin Piatt, Avery Sebastian

SS: Michael Lowe, Cormac Craigie, David Garner

CB: Darius Allensworth, Cedric Dozier, A.J. Greathouse

SPECIALISTS

PK/KO: James Langford, Matt Anderson, Noah Beito

P: Cole Leininger, Noah Beito

SNAP: John Sherperdson, Bradley Northnagel

HLD: Bryce McGovern, Jack Austin

PR: Bryce Treggs, Trevor Davis, Chris Harper

KR: Khalfani Muhammad, Trevor Davis, Bryce Treggs

 

 

Jeff Faraudo