With redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson out for the season with a foot injury, and Khairi Fortt still recovering from a biceps injury, fellow redshirt freshman Mike Barton took most of the first-team reps at MLB this week:
Khairi Fortt, who had been sharing the middle linebacker spot with Nickerson, sat out last week's game with a biceps injury.
Michael Barton got most of the first-team reps Monday, and freshman Chad Whitener is also available at the position.
Sonny says Mike Barton will take Hardy Nickerson's spot. Fortt is still a bit of an unknown ("think he'll play Saturday").— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) November 12, 2013
Coach Sonny Dykes confirmed at Tuesday's weekly presser that Hardy will have surgery and be out until May:
Hardy Nickerson will undergo surgery Friday to repair what is called a Lisfranc injury ... [He] will miss spring ball [and be] sidelined until about May.
Darren Ervin (shoulder), Khairi Fortt (arm), Daniel Lasco (shoudler), and Richard Rodgers (thumb) are all listed as probable for Saturday.— Cal Rivals (@CalRivals) November 12, 2013
Nick Forbes - who has been sidelined for almost the entire season with a back injury - was featured in a segment in this week's episode of The Drive, as well as a Q&A with Jeff Faraudo of the CC Times:
"I hate to say this, unfortunately I’m not to the point where I can just show up on Saturday. Mentally I’m there. Physically, my feet are catching up to my center of gravity. I know I physically need to improve.
"In my mind I’m playing, the decision’s made. The thing that I don’t know is when or if or how I’ll stop trying to play. I want to stop when I’ve reached my full potential as a linebacker. I haven’t gotten there yet. There’s so much more improvement I can make on the field."
Indeed, per Cal's official game notes for Saturday's game:
13 players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season are either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury - Chris Adcock, Nathan Broussard, Matt Cochran, Darren Ervin, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Daniel Lasco, Alex Logan, Hardy Nickerson, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Bill Tyndall.
Let's hope that the team can stay healthy on the trip to Boulder this weekend.