When Cal boards its plane to Phoenix this morning for Saturday's game at Arizona State, the Bears will do so without three men who have started this season. Both guard Matt Summers-Gavin and nose guard Derrick Hill will not make the trip because of shoulder injuries, and head coach Jeff Tedford announced after practice Thursday that cornerback Darian Hagan has been suspended one game for missing class.
Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will alternate at Summers-Gavin's left-guard spot against the Sun Devils. Redshirt freshman Aaron Tipoti is the likely replacement for Hill. Tedford believes - but isn't sure - Summers-Gavin and Hill will be available for the Bears' home game against Oregon State on Nov. 7.
Josh Hill, meanwhile, returns to the starting lineup at cornerback. Tedford said Hill would have started even if Hagan had not been suspended. One other change in the secondary: Sophomore Sean Cattouse gets the start at safety ahead of senior Marcus Ezeff.
Best vs. Sun Devils: In his 21/2 seasons with the Bears, Jahvid Best has run for 2,576 yards. Only 13 have come against Arizona State. He gained those 13 on three carries in a 31-20 loss in Tempe in 2007. Best missed Cal's 24-14 win over the Sun Devils last year because of a dislocated elbow.