Oct. 12, 1999
BERKELEY - In an effort to bolster Cal's passing game, head coach Tom Holmoe has announced that two defensive backs will be moved immediately to wide receiver.
Senior Drae Harris and freshman Jemeel Powell will begin practicing at wide receiver during Tuesday's practice and would play at that position Saturday against UCLA.
Harris has been a standard in Cal's secondary rotation all season, starting the Washington State game at cornerback. The 5-10, 185-pounder has seven tackles and five pass deflections this season.
Powell played in the season opener vs. Rutgers on Sept. 4, but suffered a groin pull and has been sidelined ever since. The medical staff has cleared him to practice this week. The 6-1, 185-pound redshirt freshman has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard-dash.
"We haven't been particularly good at the receiver position, and both these players give us excellent speed," said Holmoe. "With the emergence of LaShaun Ward as our third corner and the return of Harold Pearson last week, we felt we could make this move and bolster our wide receiver group."
Holmoe also indicated Ward would continue to see spot duty at the receiver position. Ward caught a 43-yard pass at Washington State and a 55-yard TD pass at BYU the last two weeks.