BERKELEY - Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced Wednesday four captains for the season-opener this Saturday against the University of Houston.
Offensively, wide receiver Dameane Douglas and offensive tackle John Welbourn will serve as game captains. Defensively, safety Marquis Smith and cornerback Derrick Garndner will act as captains for the opener.
The Bears will announce game captains each week during the '98 season with the team voting on the official season captains at the conclusion of the year.
The Cal team went through Wednesday workouts in Berkeley in shorts, attempting to freshen up for the Saturday game against Houston. Holmoe is particularly pleased with the late development of the offensive line, which is arguably the key to Cal's fortunes in '98.
The emergence of Kevin Doherty is certainly the biggest key thus far among a large group of players to supplement proven veterans Welbourn and John Romero. Last fall, Doherty weighed in at 310 pounds, but he said Wednesday that he is at 285 pounds and is extremely happy with both his quickness and strength: "I'm so much quicker and the main thing is that I'm also stronger, so I have the push you need."
In other Cal news entering into the opener, the status of defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh remains unsettled. The Cal junior is going through various administrative processes to ensure his eligibility. The hope is that his eligibility status will be resolved by Thursday, but the situation is a cause of consteration for the Cal coaches who had hoped to have the situation resolved at least a week ago. Regardless, it is unlkely that Tugbenyoh will play in the Houston game, but he still could get back into the rotation for the Nebraska game, if things do indeed work out.. He entered the fall as a primary back-up to anticipated starters John McLauglin and Andre Carter with the presence of Jeremiah Parker also looming as an impact player at the defensive end position.
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