FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Cal senior linebacker Jalen Jefferson, who played in 11 games this season, is fourth on the team in tackles, and is the Bears' active leader in tackles, tackles for loss (97) and sacks (8.5), did not make the trip to Fort Worth for the Armed Forces Bowl, a Cal spokesman said.
No explanation for his absence was given.
When reached for comment, Jefferson's father, David, said it was for "personal reasons."
Jefferson started in all 11 games he played this year, missed just one game this season and played in the Bears' final three regular season contests. He has 229 career stops, and has played in 42 games.
Jefferson's absence adds to Cal's linebacker woes, as Michael Barton has decided to leave as a graduate transfer, and would not have been available to play because of injury. Devante Downs (knee) is also injured and unavailable. Hamilton Anoa'i (knee) and Aisea Tongilava (non-football-related toe injury) are also out with injury.
Cal's depth chart for the Armed Forces Bowl has only Jake Kearney listed at the SAM position, with the MIKE listed as Nickerson, then Nathan Broussard, and the WILL being Ray Davison, with no backups listed.