OPPONENT NOTEBOOK: Will Cal OLBs play?

THIS WEEK, one of the Cal players gave the masses a pretty good idea of what the Golden Bears plan to do against the Beavers.

"Our running backs did a great job (vs. WSU), the offensive line did a huge job getting downfield and the receivers did a great job blocking downfield," QB Zach Maynard said.

"We'll try to do the same thing this week (against Oregon State) — get our running game going so our passing game can open up a little more."

The guess here is Jeff Tedford probably wasn't real enthused with his quarterback's public comments. Coaches in general don't like to give anything away, regardless of how small it might seem to be.

Cal's running game racked up 288 yards on the ground last week. Isi Sofele is closing in on the 1,000 yard mark, with 839 hashes to his credit.

TEDFORD DECLINED TO give an injury update on outside linebacker Chris McCain (concussion) and whether he would play or not.

Another outside linebacker, David Wilkerson, has a bone bruise on his left knee. His status is also being kept under wraps by the Bears, but it would be a surprise if he were able to go.

If one or both is unable to play, inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks can bounce outside if need be, but it doesn't sound as if he'll play there much. Ryan Camporeale, Cecil Whiteside and Ryan Davis are all candidates to man the outside linebacker positions if need be.

Whiteside is probably the first go-to guy based on a solid performance last week.

LEFT GUARD Brian Schwenke (illness) is expected to play Saturday, though Justin Gates did solid work in his absence.

At 5-4, the Bears gain bowl eligibility if they beat Oregon State.

None of the players in Cal's senior class have ever beaten OSU, with California looking to snap a four game losing streak to the Beavers.


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