Some bad news from fall practice: Jason Gibson will be a medical retirement this season. Sonny Dykes confirmed the news at tonight's press conference. Gibson is on track to graduate this spring. CalBears.com lists his intended major as sociology. UPDATE: Gibson apparently hasn't retired yet. Dykes said that he will apply for a medical hardship waiver as well. Confusing remarks by Coach, but it seems Gibson is done for the season but will try and return next year.
It's a bit crazy looking back how close Gibson was to being a starting linebacker on this team back in the fall of 2012--he had a breakout spring campaign and was ready to challenge for one of the many open linebacking spots. But he suffered a lisfranc injury early during that fall camp and never really was able to recover. Gibson had lisfranc surgery again this offseason and appears to have had enough.
One of the most highly touted linebacking recruits in Cal history (Gibson was a four-star prospect coming out of high school) will leave Berkeley while only registering a few significant snaps of game action. Gibson was shuffled around a lot last season (didn't play at all) but never really saw playing time. He'll leave Cal with four tackles (three against Ohio State, one against the Furd).
Good luck Jason! Go get that degree and go Bears!