Monday, September 17, 2007

Oakland Tribune: Hobbled Cal climbs two spots to No.6

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Although Cal's football team suddenly has serious concerns about its defensive depth, the Bears will head into Pac-10 play this week with a No.6 national ranking.  Cal (3-0) climbed two spots to No.6 in The Associated Press poll on Sunday after a 42-12 home victory over Louisiana Tech.  Former No.6 Texas (3-0) fell to No.7 after a 35-32 win over Central Florida, and former No.7 Wisconsin (3-0) fell to No.9 after a 45-31 win over The Citadel.  Cal remained No.8 in the USA Today coaches poll.  It's the Bears' highest ranking since they were No.4 in 2004, but the team has no time to bask in the glory after suffering three significant injuries on defense Saturday.  Starting defensive linemen Matt Malele and Rulon Davis were on crutches with foot injuries at Cal's conditioning practice Sunday night, and although the players weren't expected to undergo an MRI until today, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory isn't counting on having either back anytime soon.

"Right now, without knowing what the MRIs are, I'd say we have to plan around them," Gregory said.  Coach Jeff Tedford said after the game that X-rays on Malele were negative, but Malele might have torn the plantar fascia tendon in his foot. Davis may have a stress fracture.


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