May 26, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California football team has added a pair of offensive linemen to its 2006 roster, head coach Jeff Tedford announced Friday. Andrew Cameron, a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Bears, will return to the team after recovering from injuries sustained last season. In addition, Tyler Krieg [pronounced KREEG], a two-year starter for Duke University, has enrolled in graduate school at Cal and will be eligible to play for the football team this fall.
Cameron started the first two games of 2005 at left tackle for the Bears, but missed the next two games due to injury. After returning to the starting lineup for game five against Arizona, the Healdsburg, Calif., native was forced to cut his season short for surgery. After sitting out spring drills, Cameron elected to re-join the program and will close out his career this fall. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice in 2004 after starting all 12 games for the 10-2 Bears. He ranked second on the line with 23.5 knockdown blocks.
Krieg, a product of Tualatin, Ore., played in 26 career games over the last three seasons for the Blue Devils, including starting every game in 2004 and 2005 at right guard. An ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, he was a preseason second team All-ACC pick by The Sporting News last season. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science in May and will be pursuing a master's degree in education at Cal.
The two additions to the roster will be welcomed by the Cal staff as the offensive line graduated three key players from its 2005 team. All three of those starters were selected in the 2006 NFL Draft in April as offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan was chosen in the fifth round by the New England Patriots, center Marvin Philip was picked in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and offensive guard Aaron Merz was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round.
California is coming off an 8-4 season that included a win in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. The Bears ended the 2005 season ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Cal opens the 2006 season on the road, playing at Tennessee on Sept. 2. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Sept. 9 against Minnesota.