After awarding starting Z receiver Chad Hansen a scholarship over the summer, California today awarded fifth-year senior Patrick Worstell and senior long snapper Bradley Northnagel scholarships, during a team meeting at California Memorial Stadium.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1690876-cal-football-2016-... Bears head coach Sonny Dykes said early in camp that Worstell -- who was Special Teams MVP for the 2015-16 season -- would be the odds-on favorite to start at X receiver, if the season started that day.
Worstell has played in 21 games in his career as a safety, receiver and on special tams. He's caught three balls for 25 yards, made 14 tackles, forced one fumble and broken up one pass all over the last two seasons.
Northnagel, out of nearby Junipero Serra High School, has played in 17 games in his five years with the program, both on the offensive and defensive lines before moving to long snapper in the spring of 2015. He started the entire 2015 season at long snapper. He recorded one tackle in 2015, against Utah. He is on track to graduate in December with a degree in social welfare.
With the scholarships opened by the retirements of Caleb Coleman, Austin Aaron and Griffin Piatt, redshirt sophomore starting center Addison Ooms was also a candidate to receive a scholarship, as was sophomore Malik McMorris.
"There's a lot of kids who are walk-ons who contribute to our program, so we want to reward them," Dykes said.