King Leaves Program

Defensive tackle leaves Cal football program to "focus on academics," leaving the defensive line even thinner.

California junior defensive tackle Gabe King has left the Golden Bears football program to focus on academics. King is on track to graduate in May of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in African American Studies and will remain on a football scholarship for the remainder of the current academic year.

King was in his fourth season with the program since arriving at Cal in 2010, playing in 17 games all off the bench and making six tackles.

King is the second player from the group of four 2010 commits out of North Carolina that has left the program this season, following the dismissal of Chris McCain several weeks ago.

King was second on the depth chart this week at nose tackle, behind Washington native Deandre Coleman. Defensive tackles Austin Clark and Mustafa Jalil are also out for the season due to injuries. Defensive tackle Keni Kaufusi was dismissed from the program during the offseason. Top Stories