Sept. 10, 1997
Cal LB Keith Miller Doesn't Need Surgery
BERKELEY, Calif.--There was some good news when the Cal football team received news on Wednesday that starting linebacker Keith Miller's MRI revealed the junior had not torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during an injury in the Houston opener. The MRI was taken Tuesday night and it revealed that surgery was not required. However, the injury, combined with a related ankle sprain, means he will be out a minimum of four to five weeks. He will begin rehabilitation of the injury immediately. The other note is that Miller does have the benefit of a redshirt year if he chooses to utilize it. In his absence junior Justin Flagg played well against Houston, tying for the team lead with 5 tackles and recovering one fumble in Cougar territory which Cal turned into its first touchdown. 1996 JC All-America linebacker Albert Dorsey has moved from a back-up behind Matt Beck at one of the ILB positions to the other spot where he will contend with Flagg for starting duties.
In other injury news, tight end A.J. Kunkle has looked good in practice early this week as he works his way into shape. He really has been sharp in pass-catching drills. Fellow tight end Corey Smith hasn't quite returned to full duty from his ankle injury, but has been allowed to do some hitting drills. He is hopeful of returning for the Oklahoma game, but still hasn't been medically cleared.
Head coach Tom Holmoe said his team will not practice this Saturday, giving the team the day off.