Given the boot by Jeff Tedford back in May, Cecil Whiteside has been given a second chance by the head coach.
Speaking to area reporters Monday, Tedford confirmed that the linebacker has been reinstated to the football program. Whiteside had entered spring as the prohibitive favorite to win one of the starting linebacking jobs.
Other than “violation of unspecified team rules,” no reason was given for the original dismissal.
“I think that he understands what he needs to do to be a good teammate and comply with everything we do as a team,” Tedford said.
Whiteside played in 10 games last season, starting three of those contests. He was tied for fourth on the team in sacks with three, and tied for the lead in forced fumbles with two.
As a four-star member of Cal’s 2010 recruiting class — he was a greyshirt that season — Whiteside was rated as the No. 4 outside LB in the country and the No. 4 player in the state of California at any position. Rivals.com had him rated No. 38 on its top 100 recruits for that class.