Cal to Play WSU Without Two Starters
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/02/1999

Oct. 2, 1999

Pullman, WA - There will be some adjustments to Cal's starting line-up for today's game at Washington State as a pair of Cal starters failed to make the road trip due to injuries.

Starting cornerback Chidi Iwuoma suffered a sprained ankle during practice this week and a decision was made on Friday to have him sit out the Washington State game with hopes he'll be able to return in full health next week at BYU. Cal is already missing cornerbacks Harold Pearson (ankle) and Jemeel Powell (groin) due to injuries.

With Washington State's four and five receiver formations, Cal's defensive backfield will have its hands full. Drae Harris will draw the starting assignment in place of Iwuoma, but players such as LaShaun Ward, Atari Callen and Dewey Hale will see a lot of field duty.

Another starter left in Berkeley is freshman offensive guard Scott Tercero. He suffered a hamstring pull this week and also hopes to back in action next week. He will be replaced by sophomore Brandon Ludwig, who sat out the Arizona State game with a shoulder sprain.

The Bears hope to have starting defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach for limited duty this afternoon. The 6-4, 310-pound senior missed the Arizona State game with a stinger. He will attempt to play this afternoon, but his activity will probably be limited. In his place Jeremiah Parker will get the bulk of the duty.

"We have a lot of injuries right now, but it's hard to complain when you look around the leaague and see that almost all the other teams are experiencing similar situations," said head coach Tom Holmoe. "We have enough tools to get the job done."