Junior Matt Cochran, who emerged from spring ball as the projected starter at center, no longer is on the Cal football, a spokesperson for the athletic department confirmed.
No reason was immediately provided. Cochran is still a student at Cal, the school said.
Cochran is among six players who were with the Bears in spring workouts but are no longer on the roster. An athletic department spokesman said coach Sonny Dykes would have to provide details Friday at Pac-12 Media Day in Burbank.
Obviously, this is not the kind of news the Bears need one week before the start of fall camp.
Also gone are sophomore offensive lineman Myles Bunte, sophomore cornerback Trey Cheek, junior linebacker Maximo Espitia, wide receiver Cameron Stevens and linebacker Arthur Wainwright.
Espitia (19 games), Wainwright (11) and Cheek (6) all had playing experience on defense, although none of them ever started a game for the Bears or was projected as a starter this fall.
A 6-foot-3, 295-pounder from Atwater, Cochran had played in 13 games with four starts in his first two seasons.
Cal’s current projected depth chart has redshirt freshmen Addison Ooms and Michael Trani listed Nos. 1 and 2 at center.
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Cochran, Matt’s younger brother, remains on the team.