Oct. 24, 1997
Matt Beck Sits Out UCLA Game
Cal's top tackler linebacker Matt Beck will sit out his second consecutive game this Saturday when the Bears travel to UCLA on Saturday. Thus Cal will likely start Albert Dorsey and Justin Flagg at the inside linebacker spots. Beck has a injury to a nerve in his shoulder that impacts on the strength of his shoulder. He is expected to be back in action next week against Oregon State.
In other news, nosetackle Jerry DeLoach is questionable for the UCLA game and it's likely that freshman Rashawn Davis will start in his place. That would give Cal a pair of freshman starters on the defensive line (along with defensive end Andre Carter).
While Cal is major underdogs in the game against UCLA, head coach Tom Holmoe believes his team is capable of an upset. "If we stop shooting ourselves in the foot and making crucial mistakes, I think we have a good chance to win this football game," he said. "However, it's also important to realize that some of our mistakes and some of our penalties come when individuals are over-matched physically. That's sometimes part of our problem and that's much more difficult to overcome." Cal returns to action next Saturday when the Bears begin the first of a two-game homestand with Oregon State visiting Memorial Stadium Nov. 1, followed by Arizona State on Nov. 8.