Sept. 22, 2000
Fresno, CA - The Cal football team left Memorial Stadium Friday morning for a bus trip to Fresno State for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs.
There will be several line-up changes for the Golden Bears as offensive guard Scott Tercero will be back in his familiar right guard position in the starting line-up. He played about 40 plays last week in his 2000 debut, after rehabilitating from summer arthoscopic surgery on his knee. Also back in the starting line-up, after missing last week with a nerve palsy, is senior center Reed Diehl. He replaces redshirt-freshman Nolan Bluntzer.
Cal also announced a couple changes in its starting line-up on the defensive line with Sean Paga getting the starting nod at defensive end, ahead of Tully Banta-Cain and reshirt-freshman Josh Beckham starting ahead of Daniel Nwangwu. Paga had a sack for a safety last week at Illinois, but both he and Banta-Cain should play equal amounts as they have the first two games. Nwangwu has been fighting a slight knee sprain which kept him out of over half the Illinois game, but has shown marked improvement and should get plenty of playing time against Fresno State.
Soph Bert Watts will start at strong safety in place of Dewey Hale, but both should see plenty of action. The coaches also indicated that Chidi Iwuoma may concede his kickoff return duties to true freshman James Bethea and soph Joseph Echema, as he's recovering from sore ribs resulting from a late hit in the Illinois game. He is expected to start at cornerback and should also return punts for the Golden Bears.
Others making their 2000 debut this week including outside linebacker Calvin Hosey, coming back from a foot sprain suffered in Turlock, wide receiver Chad Heydorff, who has been out with a hamstring pull since the pre-season camp and tight end Terrence Dotsy, who has been kept on the sidelines thus far with a hand injury.
The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net beginning at 7:15 p.m. PDT. Calling the action will be long-time announcer Barry Tompkins, and Trevor Madich, a former BYU offensive lineman who was a teammate of Tom Holmoe's at the school.