Pac-12: Robert Mullins

Cal picks up Penn State LB Khairi Fortt

August, 1, 2012
California's defense, already perceived as among the Pac-12's best, just got better, courtesy of Penn State.

Khairi Fortt has announced he's transferring to Cal, where he will be immediately eligible and could be in the mix at inside linebacker in the Bears' 3-4 scheme.

Fortt, a junior from Stamford, Conn., once an ESPN 150 recruit and a U.S. Army All-America selection out of high school, posted 33 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks last year. He was listed as a co-starter on the post-spring depth chart. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Fortt is the second player to use the "free agency" given to Penn State players by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal to go West. On Tuesday, running back Silas Redd announced he was transferring to USC. That means Fortt and Redd likely will bump heads as adversaries on Sept. 22 when Cal visits the Trojans.

Fortt, who played in a 4-3 scheme at Penn State, won't just waltz into a starting job. Though the Bears lost both starting inside LBs from 2011, including Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kendricks, the position is hardly devoid of talent, with Nick Forbes and Robert Mullins topping the post-spring depth chart. That said, Fortt is almost certain to see significant playing time even if he fails to win a starting job.

Pac-10 injury update

August, 31, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Based on news reports and this this useful Web site: The latest on injuries heading into week one.

TE Rob Gronkowski, back, questionable
OG Vaughn Dotsy, finger, probable
WR Delashaun Dean, hamstring, probable

Arizona State
OT Tom Njunge, biceps, questionable
C Garth Gerhart, toe, questionable
C Thomas Altieri, concussion, probable
OG Zach Schlink, knee, out
DT Lawrence Guy, biceps, probable
DE James Brooks, suspension, out

RB Jahvid Best, toe, probable
TE Tad Smith, knee, out
OT Mitchell Schwartz, leg, probable
S Marcus Ezeff, ankle, questionable
WR Michael Calvin, knee, probable
LB Robert Mullins, knee, out
TE Skylar Curran, ankle, probable

WR Rory Cavaille, shoulder, out,
OT Bo Thran, knee, questionable

Oregon State
WR Darrell Catchings, wrist, out
WR Markus Wheaton, NCAA Clearinghouse, questionable
WR Geno Munoz, abdominal, questionable
QB Lyle Moevao, shoulder, out
RB Ryan McCants, knee, out
CB Brandon Hardin, leg, out
OT Timi Oshinowo, knee, out
LB Tony Wilson, knee, out
S Josh LaGrone, knee, out
S Lance Mitchell, hamstring, probable

OT Allen Smith, knee, out
S Taylor Skaufel, knee, out
OT Chris Marinelli, shoulder, probable
LB Alex Debniak, knee, out

OG Micah Kia, knee, out
OL Nick Ekbatani, knee, out
DE Reginald Stokes, knee, out
DT Jess Ward, knee, doubtful
RB Christian Ramirez, ankle, questionable
DE Chinonso Anyanwu, hip, out
WR Gavin Ketchum, hamstring, questionable
OG Stanley Hasiak, stinger, probable
FB Chane Moline, hip, probable

CB Shareece Wright, knee, academics, questionable
WR Ronald Johnson, collarbone, out
DE Armond Armstead, foot, out
C Kristofer O'Dowd, knee, doubtful
DT Averell Spicer, ankle, questionable
OG Nick Howell, ankle, questionable
LB Luthur Brown, academics, out
TE Blake Ayles, heart condition, probable
QB Aaron Corp, leg, questionable
QB Mitch Mustain, illness, probable
CB Patrick Hall, knee, out

CB Justin Glenn, knee, questionable
DT Cameron Elisara, shoulder, probable
RB Johri Fogerson, ankle, probable
RB Chris Polk, concussion, probable
WR James Johnson, ankle, probable
DE Darrion Jones, illness, probable
TE Kavario Middleton, hamstring, probable
DE Everrette Thompson, ankle, questionable
S Jason Wells, Achilles, doubtful

Washington State
WR Jeshua Anderson, hamstring, probable
RB James Montgomery, knee, probable
CB Brandon Jones, ankle, probable
WR Jeffrey Solomon, ankle, probable
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis, foot, questionable