Even as we’re a mere week and a half away from the start of a new season, personnel attrition by various means continues unabated across the country.
The latest to be hit by roster losses is Cal, which lost a pair of linebackers Sunday, head coach Sonny Dykes confirmed.
Backup linebacker Nathan Broussard (pictured) suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the season, Dykes said. The injury occurred during a scrimmage this past Saturday.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Broussard played in 11 games in 2012, starting four of those contests. He was credited with 3.5 tackles for loss. Broussard was a three-star member of Cal’s 2011 recruiting class.
In addition to Broussard, fellow backup LB David Wilkerson asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship. Dykes said Wilkerson came to him “and said it wasn’t working out. … It’s just kind of time to move on.”
Coming out of high school in Danville, Calif., in 2010, Wilkerson was given a four-star rating by Rivals.com. That recruiting service rated him as the No. 6 inside linebacker in that recruiting class.
Wilkerson’s Cal career, though, was plagued by injury. He played in three games in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury and taking a medical redshirt. After starting three of the 10 games in which he played in 2011, he missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing ankle surgery.
(Photo credit: Cal athletics)