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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Contra Costa Times: Cal lineman Cameron is out for season
By Jay Heater
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
BERKELEY - Cal starting right tackle Andrew Cameron is out for the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee suffered in the first quarter against Arizona on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. "We will wait until the swelling goes down to determine when he will have surgery," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "It looked like he hyper-extended his knee. He wasn't hit. He planted it wrong." Cameron, a junior, started all 12 games in 2004 and the first two games of 2005 before missing two games with a concussion. Tedford is hoping that with proper rehabilitation Cameron will be back for the 2006 season. "He can probably get back in time," Tedford said. "He has started a lot of games for us and has been a solid contributor."
Bears junior tackle Scott Smith, who started the Illinois and New MexicoState games when Cameron sat out with the concussion, takes over the starting spot. Senior Jonathan Murphy becomes the second-string tackle. "Scott has been doing well," Tedford said. "He is a tough, hard-working guy. He takes a lot of pride in what he does and you know what you are going to get from him, a great effort on every single play."
Cal continues to be haunted by injuries to its starters. However, Tedford might be getting some of them back soon. Bears sophomore wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who missed the Arizona game with a sprained ankle, looked good in practice drills on Monday. Senior defensive end Tosh Lupoi, who is out with a sprained knee, also appears close to getting back into action.
Notes: Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes, who had two interceptions in the Bears' 28-0 victory over Arizona, was named the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Cal also announced that its Oct. 15 home game against OregonState will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally by ABC.