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:
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
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
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