The California Golden Bears got their first taste of bad news this week when redshirt-freshman linebacker Curley Young suffered a season-ending injury. Young will miss the entire shortened 2020 season due to what was called a ‘significant lower-body injury’ by head coach Justin Wilcox.
Wilcox said he looks forward to getting Young back in the spring, however.
Young was a three-star recruit out of Texas a season ago, ranking as the country’s 60th-best OLB prospect for the class of 2019. At 6’1, 210, he had great athleticism that we were waiting to see put to great use. He certainly can get after the passer if his high school highlights are telling of anything.
The Bears are now down Young and fellow outside linebacker Tevin Paul, who was announced that he would not be with the team this season.
Cam Goode returns as not only the leader at linebacker but perhaps on the entire front seven, as he’s garnered several preseason accolades at the position.
According to position coach Peter Sirmon, Goode and Braxton Croteau have developed into leaders at the outside linebacker position.
Elsewhere in Cal Bears news, the position battles and questions at hand are slowly being answered.
Here’s your Cal Bears news round up:
What if Justin Wilcox is not available for a game? | CalSportsReport
Will the secondary suffer with four new starters? | SI
Nikko Remigio eager to build on success of late last season | CalBearsMaven
Pac-12 announces game cancelation, tiebreak policy | PacificTakes
Dario Longhetto closing in on placekicker job | CalSportsReport