September 10, 1998
Berkeley - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced a pair of changes in his defensive starting line-up in anticipation of Saturday's match-up against the University of Nebraska.
At one of the inside linebacker positions, junior Keith Miller will start in place of Matt Beck, who has been hampered by a hamstring problem throughout the pre-season, is being listed as questionable for the game. He started last week's opener against Houston but had to come out of the game in the first quarter because of the injury.
Miller was Cal's opening game starter a year ago, but went down with a knee sprain in the second quarter of that 1997 Houston game and was expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. The coaches elected to have him take a medical redshirt year and return as a junior this fall. A rugged, 6-2, 240-pounder, Miller should provide some bulk against Nebraska's vaunted rushing attack.
On the defensive line, junior Jeremiah Parker will get the not over sophomore Andre Carter at defensive end. Parker is a 6-5, 300-pounder and gives the Bears some additional size as Carter is only a 245-pounder. Last week, Parker recorded one tackle for loss in part-time duty on the defensive line.
"Matt Beck's health is obviously one of the reasons for the change, but the other factor is really size," said Holmoe. "Miller and Parker give us a real physical presence on our defense and that will be important this week. Miller is a good football player who has really come on this fall after he missed the spring sessions recovering from his knee sprain. We think both are players who can become impact players for our defense."