Football: Anthony to start

Cal cornerback Marc Anthony returned to practice today after missing the past two games with a dislocated shoulder and will start Saturday at UCLA.

True freshman Stefan McClure, who had played well in place of Anthony, will still see some playing time, coach Jeff Tedford said.

“Typically, our policy is if a guy gets hurt, he doesn’t lose his job to injury,” Tedford said. “Stef will get some playing time. He was starting to be in the rotation anyhow, and it just worked out that he had to play a lot because of Marc. It was good for him, and now I feel good about getting him into the rotation.”

McClure replaced Anthony early in Cal’s 43-15 loss at Oregon and was beaten a handful of times. But he bounced back the following week against USC, helping shut down Trojans star receiver Robert Woods. McClure followed with another solid outing last week against Utah.

“He played well, but there are a lot of things he can improve on as well,” Tedford said. “But he’s earned playing time, no doubt about it. But Marc was also playing well.”



Football: TV update

Cal’s Nov. 5 game against Washington State was not picked up by the networks that have contracts with the Pac-12. As usual, Cal is trying to put a local broadcast together with Comcast SportsNet.

Speaking of, it remains to be seen if CSN is going to pick up Saturday’s game at UCLA. The game is on Prime Ticket in Southern California but it is still undecided if it will air locally.


Football: Cal to face depleted UCLA

The Bears still have their game against Utah tomorrow, but when they visit the Rose Bowl next Saturday, they will face a reeling UCLA team.

Already in shambles after last night’s 48-12 loss at Arizona, the Bruins had six players suspended for the game against Cal for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl that took place just before halftime.

Included in those suspensions are two starters — wide receiver Shaq Evans and defensive tackle Cassius Marsh. Tyler Embree and Randall Carroll, who are listed on the Bruins’ two-deep as backup receivers, are also out.

UCLA’s passing game figures to take a significant hit with the losses, meaning Cal may be able to focus more on stopping the Bruins’ running game, which is usually formidable with the tandem of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman. The Bears are already pretty good at stopping the run, and these developments could make them even more effective.


Football: Thursday practice update

We had our usual Thursday chat with defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast today, and he had some fairly revealing stuff to say.

First, he said true freshman linebacker Brennan Scarlett and cornerback Kam Jackson are going to start playing. Pendergast will have to pick his spots, but it sounds like Scarlett will spell fellow freshman Chris McCain on first and second down when needed. Pendergast wants to get Jackson some experience because he is now the first cornerback off the bench with Marc Anthony out and Stefan McClure starting.

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Football: Thursday quick hitters

  • LBs Mychal Kendricks, Dave Wilkerson and Chris McCain all wore regular practice jerseys and are expected to be ready for Saturday.
  • CB Marc Anthony is still out. Frosh Stefan McClure will get another start.
  • Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said McCain and Wilkerson are entrenched as starting OLBs. Cecil Whiteside will play in some passing downs.
  • Pendergast said he’d like to get freshman LB Brennan Scarlett and CB Kam Jackson some playing time sometime soon.