CTG Underdog Guru
Head coach Justin Wilcox gave a brief injury update to start his news conference Tuesday, and the news was so-so.
“Kekoa (Crawford) likely will be back with us this weekend,” Wilcox said. “And Kuony (Deng) right now it would be doubtful. We’ll have some more definitive news on Thursday.”
Crawford, the senior wide receiver, and Deng, the outside linebacker, have both been limited to two games. As much as Crawford is valued, the Bears have enough depth at wide receiver to weather his absence. Deng, however, was projected as a leader of the defense and an honors candidate. Plus the Bears are a little thin at the position.
Sometimes players missing matters and sometimes they don't. I don't let injury news swing me or talk me into or out of something, I will let it play a role how much I like it or don't like it.
LB Kuony Deng is probably their best player on D after DL Johnson went out in the spring. They moved Deng outside after he had been playing inside, Wilcox said doing so "makes us a better defense". No Deng hurts Cal. If I liked Cal for other reasons, I'm not going to change my mind because a LB is out. It is just something to be aware of, they aren't full strength there. Or if I liked Washington, it could mean UW O has a better chance for success, but his replacement can make plays so you never know.