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Golden Nuggets: MBB's injured backcourt and preliminary NFL prospect evaluations

Injuries have struck MBB's backcourt heading into Pac-12 play and some early evaluations for NFL hopefuls.

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When the glorious Golden Bears and the vile Stanfurd Cardinal face off to start Pac-12 play, these two different programs will have one thing in common: injury-ravaged backcourts.

Cal's injuries [to Ricky Kreklow and Jabari Bird] will give freshman guards Jordan Mathews and Sam Singer more playing time. Senior Jeff Powers will get the chance to build on a surprise performance Saturday, when he made six 3-pointers against Furman.

Mostly, the Bears will lean on senior point guard Justin Cobbs, who must find offense for himself and his teammates.

"He needs to be a scorer for us," Montgomery said. "But it can't be one or the other way -- it's got to be both, like a good guard should do."

Meanwhile, ESPN has begun evaluating our NFL hopefuls. Unfortunately, no Cal players are listed among the top six at their position, even including senior vs. non-senior status. This includes TE Richard Rodgers, who recently declared he would enter the draft in lieu of finishing his senior year at Cal. DL Deandre Coleman was listed as the 16th best DT and the 176th best prospect overall with a grade of 47/100.

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    • TE Tony Gonzalez's great career has come to an end.

(The formatting really got screwed up here at the bottom because our story editor sucks... Half-hearted apologies to all of you.)