September 23, 1998
Berkeley - Sophomore defensive end Andre Carter will move back into Cal's starting line-up this Saturday against Washington State, after playing in a relief role the past two games.
Carter, who was ranked the No. 8 defensive end in college football this year by Lindy's Magazine, played solidly in the season-opener against Houston, but back-up Jeremiah Parker played well enough in that game to earn the starting assignment the next two games against Nebraska and Oklahoma.
However, Carter played a dominant football game against Oklahoma last week, which not only included three tackles but also two fumble recoveries. One of the fumble recoveries stopped a Sooner drive at the Cal 36-yard-line and another he scooped up at the Oklahoma 10-yard-line and returned it to the 4-yard-line to set up Cal's lone touchdown of the game.
"I don't know how Andre could have played any better a game," said defensive line coach Bill Dutton. "It was not just his fumble recoveries, but his outstanding play against both the run. He deserves to be in the starting line-up."
Parker will continue to rotate with Carter, giving the Bears superior depth at that defensive end position.
CAL FOOTBALL NOTES: A recently released NFL survey shows that Cal had 20 players on the league's opening day rosters to rank tied for 21st among all colleges. Notre Dame led the pack with 40 NFL players, followed by Florida State (38), Penn State (35), Tennessee (34), No. Carolina (33) and Washington (33). Other Pac-10 teams saw USC with 26 players, Stanford and USC with 22, Cal at 20, Arizona at 19, Washington State at 16, Oregon at 14 and Oregon State at 4.
Saturday's regional telecast of the Cal-Washington State game will go to 16 percent of the country as it is scheduled to be received in the Pacific Time zone (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and parts of Nevada and Idaho.