Mike Freeman gets first career start.


Destefano, White Out for WSU Game

Knee injuries test Cal depth.

September 21, 1998

Berkeley -

Cal's victory over Oklahoma last week came with a price as starting free safety Pete Destefano and starting fullback Joshua White both suffered knee injuries that will keep them out for this Saturday's conference opener against Washington State.

Both underwent MRIs on Monday afternoon and those results will be available on Tuesday. Early indications are that Destefano will be out for two to three weeks, meaning that he possibly could return in time for the USC game after a bye week for the Bears a week from Saturday.

White's injury appears to be more serious with an early prognosis that he could be out from four to six weeks. In his absence, head coach Tom Holmoe said that freshman Saleem Muhammad (6-0, 195) would likely move out of an anticipated redshirt season and into the playing rotation. He will team with senior walk-on Matt Peters (5-11, 210) to provide back-up help to new starter Mike Freeman (6-1, 240). Holmoe said that Freeman "played very well, particularly in his blocking assignments" in his extended duty in the Oklahoma game.

In other Cal football news, current NCAA statistics show Dameane Douglas ranking tied for 14th nationally in pass receptions (7.0 per game) and 16th in receiving yardage (107.7 ypg) while Deltha O'Neal is 16th in kickoff returns (27.2 ypr) and is 36th in punt returns (11.0 ypr).