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  12/05/21 - Trey PasterSo/2024, California, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Trey Paster scored on a 55-yard fumble return in the second quarter, California's defense made a clutch stop near the goal line, and the Golden Bears held off Southern California 24-14 in the season finale for both teams. Christopher Brooks added a pair of short scoring runs on a day when Cal's offense struggled reaching the end zone to help the Golden Bears (5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) to their first home win against the Trojans since 2003. "It means a lot to end the season with a victory," said Cal quarterback Chase Garbers, who was 18 of 21 for 177 yards. "Just the way this whole season has gone and what our team has done, it shows how big of a family we are. Had some ups and downs but came out on top tonight. The defense played lights out." Jaxson Dart, making his third start for USC (4-8, 3-6) in place of injured quarterback Kedon Slovis, threw a 45-yard touchdown before being forced out with an injury in the third quarter. It was USC's final game before new coach Lincoln Riley takes over next season. The game - which came a day after the Pac-12 championship game - was originally scheduled for Nov. 13 but was postponed three weeks due to COVID concerns within the Bears program. - California/AP College Football

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  11/21/21 - Chase GarbersrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Chase Garbers returned from a bout with COVID-19 to throw the longest pass in Big Game history, leading California to a 41-11 victory over Stanford on Saturday. Garbers was one of more than 20 players from Cal (4-6, 3-4 Pac-12) to miss the game at Arizona two weeks ago following a positive test. The Golden Bears had more than 40 positive tests in all for the program, leading to last week's game against Southern California to be postponed. But nearly all of those players were back on Saturday for the Big Game and Cal delivered a thorough beating of Stanford (3-8, 2-7) with 636 yards of offense, including 352 on the ground. Garbers delivered the biggest play with an 84-yard TD pass to Trevon Young to open the scoring in the second quarter. That broke the record for longest pass in the series, eclipsing the 82-yarder Brian Johnson threw to Walter Batson for Stanford in 1987.

Garbers added a 1-yard TD pass to Christopher Brooks later in the half to deliver Cal just its second win in the past 11 Big Games. Garbers ran and threw for a score two years ago in a 24-20 win at Stanford Stadium that was the Bears' only other win in the past 11 games against Stanford (3-8, 2-7). The Cardinal have dropped six straight games overall for their longest skid since losing their first nine games in 2006 under coach Walt Harris. Even the return of Tanner McKee made little difference for Stanford. He missed the past two games when the Cardinal were outscored by 66 points in losses to Utah and Oregon State and struggled to get much going on offense. Stanford was gashed again by big plays, allowing a 75-yard run to Brooks and a 76-yard TD run to Marcel Dancy in the third quarter. The Cardinal have allowed five TDs from scrimmage of more than 50 yards in the past three games. - California/AP College Football


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  10/31/21 - Chase GarbersrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  After three straight Pac-12 losses to open the season, California is starting to find its stride. Chase Garbers threw one of his three TD passes one play after a partially blocked punt and the Golden Bears beat Oregon State 39-25 Saturday. "We're certainly improving," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. "There are guys who are developing and making some big plays in the game who are coming into their own a little bit. We are improving but the margins are so thin at this level of football and in our conference that there are going to be a handful of critical plays in the game that you have to find a way to make and I thought there were some big ones today." The biggest plays came in the closing seconds of the third quarter with Cal (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) leading by seven points.

Chance Nolan couldn't connect with Trevon Bradford on a third-down pass and sent out Luke Loecher to punt. Nick Alftin got a piece of the kick and it went out of bounds 1 yard past the line of scrimmage. Garbers then went deep and connected on a 38-yard TD pass to Trevon Clark to make it 31-17 on the final play of the third quarter. The Beavers (5-3, 3-2) lost for the second time in three games and fell a game behind rival Oregon in the Pac-12 North. "There's nobody feeling sorry for themselves, because we put ourselves in this position," defensive back Jaydon Grant said. "We're the ones who came out and didn't execute. We're the ones who came out and got out-physicaled from top to bottom. We're the ones who are accountable for losing this game - not the coaches, not the game plan. It's us. It's not being able to execute for four quarters throughout the duration of the game. It's don't feel sorry for yourself and back to work tomorrow." Oregon State tried to mount a comeback, cutting it to 31-25 on a 46-yard TD pass from Chance Nolan to Trevon Bradford followed by a 2-point conversion. - California/AP College Football


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  10/24/21 - Chase GarbersrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Chase Garbers passed for two touchdowns and broke the school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, leading California past Colorado, 26-3, on Saturday. The Golden Bears (2-5, 1-3 Pac-12) made several big plays offensively to go with a solid afternoon from their defense and special teams while snapping a three-game losing streak. Garbers completed 22 of 29 passes for 225 yards but did his most damage on the ground, rushing for 96 yards on 10 carries. That also moved Garbers past Joe Kapp as Cal's all-time leader for quarterbacks with 1,025 yards. Kapp ran for 931 from 1956-58. Dario Longhetto made a career-best four field goals, including a 50-yarder as time expired in the first half. The Bears defense added six sacks and held the Buffaloes to 104 yards of offense.

Colorado (2-5, 1-3) failed to get into the end zone and was limited to a 33-yard field goal by Cole Becker. The Bears, off to their worst start since coach Justin Wilcox took over in 2017, scored on their first five possessions and led 23-3 at halftime. Garbers had a pair of touchdown throws in the first half, including a perfectly thrown 24-yard lob to freshman tight end Keleki Latu over tight coverage by Colorado linebacker Quinn Perry. Cal pushed its lead to 17 when Garbers ran a play-fake and connected with wide open Gavin Reinwald for a 31-yard score. Colorado never got anything going. Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis was held to 69 yards passing while the running game managed only 35 yards. - California/AP College Football


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  09/19/21 - Chase GarbersrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  After opening the season with a couple of tight losses, California coach Justin Wilcox will take any sort of win - even if it was closer than he wanted against a lower-level team. Chase Garbers threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, Nikko Remigio returned the second-half kickoff for a score and Cal beat Sacramento State 42-30 Saturday for its first win of the season. "You never minimize a win," Wilcox said. "It's hard winning in college football, regardless of who you're playing...It's good to get a win. But we all know that we need to be much, much better." The Golden Bears (1-2) had lost their first two games of the season to Nevada and TCU in tight contests but handled the FCS-level Hornets (1-2) to avoid their first 0-3 start in a full season since 2001. Cal also lost its first three games in last year's pandemic-abbreviated four-game slate.

Garbers led the Bears to TD drives on their first two possessions of the game on drives capped by 4-yard TD runs from Damien Moore. Garbers got into the act himself when he connected on a 45-yard TD pass to Jeremiah Hunter late in the first half and a 12-yard touchdown to Trevon Clark in the third. He also ran for a 16-yard score in the fourth. "Each and every week we have gotten better," Garbers said about Cal's offense. "We have taken steps forward. As the season goes on and weeks go on, we'll keep taking that next step." - California/AP College Football


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  09/03/21 - Damien MooreSo/2024, California, 5-09, 220 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  It speaks to the settled nature of the Cal football team four days before its season opener against Nevada that the big news Tuesday involved a running back who carried the ball 21 times last season being dropped a spot on the depth chart. Coach Justin Wilcox, looking forward to the Bears' first game with fans in the stands since 2019, chuckled at the annual curiosity over the Week 1 depth chart.

Sophomore Damien Moore is listed as the starting running back, ahead of senior Christopher Brooks, who two years ago rushed for 914 yards. But while the pandemic complicated the Bears' 2020 season, it was a chronic shoulder injury that limited the game reps of Brooks, who legally changed his name this spring from Christopher Brown Jr. "They're both going to play," Wilcox said. "I know the depth chart is highly anticipated but in my mind they're both starters. It's going to be spread out at that position and we're fortunate enough to have more than one guy at that position." Wilcox said he expects a big season from Brooks, who is healthy and has performed well in camp. But Moore continues to turn heads after rushing for 121 yards against Stanford as a freshman last fall. - Oakland Tribune


(DS#35 RB) So/2024 RB Damien MooreCalifornia
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  08/26/21 - Chase GarbersrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 225 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  After a pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the California Golden Bears are excited to show off what they hope will be a much more dynamic offense with respected longtime NFL coordinator Bill Musgrave and veteran quarterback Chase Garbers. Coach Justin Wilcox brought on Musgrave last season to build on a strong finish to 2019 only to have spring practice cut short after only a few sessions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then after an abbreviated offseason, the Bears managed to play only four games last season, with one canceled as they arrived at the stadium and another scheduled on short notice.

The results predictably weren't very good as Cal won just one game and scored 20.3 points per game. That should change this season after a full spring practice and offseason. "We've had a lot more time to communicate, meet, spend on football," Wilcox said. "Any time you get that, you're getting better and better every day. If you talk to Chase, he'd tell you the same thing. The comfort level has significantly improved." Garbers has fared well in his career when healthy. He has thrown for 4,049 yards in 24 career games with 34 TDs and 16 interceptions. Cal won all seven games in 2019 when Garbers was healthy but lost twice when he left early with injuries and went 1-3 when he didn't play. "I think Chase is primed for a great season. I really do," Wilcox said. "He's played a ton of football. Got a lot of different experiences. His comfort level in practice, his comfort level within the schemes, just operating. He's confident. I think that just comes with age and time. Doesn't always happen overnight. He's had some really good moments. He's learned a lot along the way." - Oakland Tribune


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  08/24/21 - Luc BequetterSr/2022, California, 6-1, 295 (DS#66 DT) + More +

  The Bears' preseason has been graced with some good news: The NCAA granted defensive lineman Luc Bequette the ability to play a seventh year. Bequette will return from a brief stint at Boston College to the place where he started his college career - Berkeley, California. Bequette played in 11 total games for the Eagles last season but got his start at Cal in 2015 before transferring in fall 2020. During Bequette's most recent season with the blue and gold, he was part of a defense that was ranked fifth in the nation by Bleacher Report, and he earned 52 tackles. The skilled lineman will return to Cal at the age of 24. With his age comes experience, and it's expected that he'll bring this and more to the Bears' defensive line. - Daily Californian

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  07/30/21 - Luc BequetterSr/2022, California, 6-1, 295 (DS#66 DT) + More +

  The Cal defensive line could get a boost with the return of Luc Bequette who played at Boston College last season after five years at Cal. Bequette, now 24, saw action in 42 games at Cal, starting 38 of those from 2016 through 2019 after redshirting as a freshman in 2015. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility for the 2020 season after playing just four games in 2016 before being injured. When the conference suspended the season in August, Bequette opted to go to Boston College so he could get in a full 11-game season. Bequette started all 11 games at defensive tackle for the Eagles, totaling 18 tackles, with three tackles for loss, two forced and one recovery. He decided to take advantage of the NCAA allotting players and extra year so he'll be a seventh year college football player being showcased on a team known for its defense. - Arizona Republic

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  07/26/21 - Michael SaffellrSr/2022, California, 6-2, 290 (DS#999 C) + More +

  Michael Saffell announced Friday that he has medically retired from football due to injury via a letter and video addressed to the Cal football family. "Being a football student-athlete at Cal has been more than I could have dreamed of," Saffell said. "I've had so many opportunities to excel on the field, as well as in the classroom and the community. There are many people to thank including my Cal football teammates, coaches and staff, as well as the University's professors, our fans and so many more. This was a difficult decision but the right one for me. Although I will miss competing and the camaraderie with my teammates, I will always be a part of the Cal family and knowing that helps ease the disappointment that my football playing career has come to an end. I'm excited for my next challenge." - Cal Football

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  06/05/21 - Ryan GloverrSr/2022, California, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The Bears picked up some experience in the QB room with the grad transfer of former Penn and Western Carolina QB Ryan Glover on Friday. Glover was was on campus Thursday to get a thorough tour of everything and also had a chance to visit his grandma and other family members in the evening. "Everything was super nice," said Glover. "Obviously it's a step up from what I'm used to with Cal being a Power-5 school. Everything seemed very new and organized and I liked how they had all the football facilities in one place." Already holding a degree from Penn, the chance to add a certificate in Business Administration and Management from Cal, as well as play a season under the tutelage of longtime former NFL offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was too hard for Glover to pass up. "Coach Musgrave has been recruiting me the most over everybody," said Glover. "I'd say he's a very smart, intellectual guy. He has experience with his playing and coaching in the NFL. Just having that type of guy on the staff and being able to be coached by someone like that will take my game to the next level, which is one of the reasons I chose Cal." - Bear Insider

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  04/15/21 - Brett JohnsonJr/2023, California, 6-4, 300 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Brett Johnson, who started all four games on the defensive line for Cal in 2020, was ruled out for next season by head coach Justin Wilcox on Wednesday. Johnson underwent a successful surgery to repair a broken hip suffered in an automobile accident this spring. "The most important thing right now is that he focus on his overall health and well-being," Wilcox said. Since arriving at Cal as a true freshman in 2019, Johnson has racked up 46 tackles and three sacks over 13 starts. Last season, Johnson embraced his role as a veteran presence on the defensive line and enjoyed arguably his best year at the collegiate level, tying for third place on the team in total tackles. Against Stanford in the 2020 Big Game, the junior recorded a career-high 10 tackles. Johnson is expected to make a full recovery for the 2022 season and will retain three years of collegiate eligibility from 2022 onward. - Daily Californian

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  03/23/21 - Jeremiah HunterSo/2024, California, 6-2, 200 (DS#91 WR) + More +

  Earlier this spring, head coach Justin Wilcox declared that the team's "whole mission in life" was to improve as a staff and as a team. It appears that Wilcox and his players have followed that mission closely. "We're better than we were yesterday. I don't think there's any doubt in our minds," Wilcox said. For a team that finished a lackluster 1-3 last season, being better than yesterday is a great place to start. Adding fresh talent and developing older talent should only further boost the Bears' chances. "It's more competitive in each individual position group than it's been since I've been here, which is a great thing," Wilcox said. "There are some newer, younger guys who are really pushing the other guys at those positions."

One of those younger guys will presumably be rising sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter, who has been receiving plenty of buzz this spring. Standing at 6'2" and measuring in at 190 lbs., Hunter did not see the field time last year due to injuries, but he ran with the first-team group Saturday. Cal's first-team offense had limited time to operate, as the staff sought to get more live reps for those lower on the depth chart. But in that limited time, Hunter snagged a nice catch along the sideline on a well-run comeback route and nearly moved the chains. - Daily Californian


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  03/06/21 - Marqez BimagerSr/2022, California, 6-2, 260 (DS#58 DE) + More +

  Texas Longhorns defensive end Marqez Bimage entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, according to reports. With the loss of Jack linebacker Joseph Ossai to the 2021 NFL Draft as an early entrant and Bimage's entrance into the transfer portal, Texas is thin at the pass-rusher position, although new head coach Steve Sarkisian has officially added LSU graduate transfer Ray Thornton there and holds a commitment from Notre Dame grad transfer Ovie Oghoufo. Bimage opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and was initially expected to return to the team. - Burnt Orange Nation

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  03/04/21 - Jaden CaseySo/2024, California, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  On March 2, freshman quarterback Jaden Casey announced that he will be transferring away from Cal via his Twitter. Casey was a highly touted high school recruit in the 2020 cycle, garnering three-star ratings and offers from schools such as Alabama and Fresno State among others, the latter of which he ultimately decommitted from in favor of signing with the Bears. This leaves the Cal QB room a little less crowded, but still stout, with returning starter Chase Garbers along with Robby Rowell, Spencer Brasch and Zach Johnson still in the mix. - Daily Californian

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