Cal Makes Offensive Line Change
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

September 8, 1998

Berkeley - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced today a change in the starting offensive line which struggled in Cal's opening 14-10 win over Houston.

The Bears will move starting right tackle Kevin Doherty to right guard where he will replace sophomore Reed Diehl. Another redshirt-freshman, Langston Walker, will get his first collegiate start at the right tackle position.

Diehl was forced to play in the opener despite limited playing time due to a pre-season injury and the fact that he moved to the offensive line during the off-season after playing tight end last year.

"We certainly are not giving up on Reed, but he needs more time to develop," said Holmoe. "We probably didn't give him enough preparation for him to be successful and so we're going to let him grow a little slower at this stage of his career."

Holmoe said that the offensive line play in the Houston opener was a disappointment, but that there were also some things to build on.

"We just have to play better on the line, if we expect to win," said Holmoe. "However, John Romero played well at center and Kevin Doherty also played well. John Welbourn was adequate, but we know he can, and will, play much better. Once we get Brandon Ludwig back (out for one to two more weeks with a knee sprain), I still feel we have the makings of a line that can get the job done."

The Cal Athletic Ticket office also announced today that 56,000 seats have been sold for Saturday's game against Nebraska, but that plenty of reserved seats remain available. All general admission tickets have been sold and none remain available.