Cal tight end Tad Smith has a torn anterior cruciate in his right knee and is out for the season, coach Jeff Tedford said Wednesday. Smith suffered the injury during Tuesday night's intrasquad scrimmage.
Unless he petitions the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, Smith's college career is over. The fifth-year senior used his redshirt year in 2005.
Smith had been battling sophomore Anthony Miller for the starting job vacated by Cameron Morrah, who left school after his junior season for the NFL draft. Smith was Morrah's primary backup last season and played in 12 games, catching three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. Smith tore the ACL in his left knee in 2006 and missed that season as well. Smith's absence means Miller should begin the season as the starting tight end with senior Skylar Curran and redshirt freshman Jarrett Sparks and Spencer Ladner fighting for a backup role.