The Cal football team got off to a great a start in 2017 with a big win against North Carolina to open the season. It was a team effort, and a balanced Cal offense appeared to be poised to cause problems for whoever lined up on the opposite side of the ball from them.
Their depth took big hit on Tuesday with the news that senior running back Tre Watson will miss the rest of the 2017 season.
Watson has appeared in at least seven games every year since arriving on campus as a freshman. In addition to providing traditional, box score contributions to the team, he was also an experienced hand and provided veteran leadership.
Cal coach Justin Wilcox confirmed that he’d be out for the rest of the season while speaking to members of the media.
While the coach didn’t specify what the exact injury was, he did say it was a lower-body injury. He would not reveal whether the injury will require surgery to repair.
Watson amassed 1,390 yards over three years for the Golden Bears and has added 12 touchdowns to his total. It is not yet known whether he will file for a medical hardship waiver and return to Cal for a fifth year.
In an attempt to fill his role, California will send out Patrick Laird and senior Vic Enwere. Neither has the experience they’ll have to take a “fake it ’till you make it” attitude on Saturday. They have a difficult game against Ole Miss this upcoming week.