Marcus Fields Out 4-6 Weeks with Shoulder Injury.
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/11/2000

Sept. 11, 2000

Berkeley - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced Monday that senior H-back Marcus Fields suffered a shoulder fracture and would be out of action for the next four to six weeks.

The injury occurred during the Utah game, but the severity of the injury was not discovered until later. Fields had one carry for 4 yards and had three pass receptions for 24 yards in the Utah game before the injury.

He played at both tailback and wide receiver last season, before moving to a new H-back position for his senior campaign this fall. It is anticipated he will return in mid-October.

"It's a disappointment for Marcus because he worked so hard at this new position," said Holmoe. "The good news is that he can return for the second half of our season and hopefully make a big contribution down the stretch."

Holmoe indicated that Keala Keanaaina, a 6-3, 260 pound junior, would likely get the bulk of the playing time at that position, as well as also working at tight end. Keanaaina played both positions against Utah, contributing a 14-yard reception in the game. Soph Ryan Stanger will also share in playing time at that position and the Bears may elect to activate frehman Pana Faumuina, who was originally scheduled to redshirt.

In other injury news, center Reed Diehl does not appear to have any significant structural injury to his left knee. However, he has a nerve palsy which has caused some numbness down his leg. He is being listed as day-to-day, although the team is listing him as doubtful for the Illinois game this Saturday.