More often than not, Cecil Whiteside hit whoever carried the football backward when he starred at Newport Harbor High.
The recent high school graduate is now the one taking a step back before he gets on the field for Cal. The touted linebacker recruit has to sit out his first year due to academic issues.
Cal Coach Jeff Tedford told the San Jose Mercury News that Whiteside will grayshirt this season. Tedford added that Whiteside most likely would enroll at a junior college in the fall before coming to Cal in the spring.
Whiteside, the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year who led Newport Harbor with 96 total tackles as a senior, would still have four years of athletic eligibility if he grayshirted and did not play at a junior college.
Tedford told the San Jose Mercury News that an eligible Whiteside probably would have sat out the upcoming season as a redshirt. Whiteside, who was ranked as the fourth best outside linebacker recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, said before graduating from Newport Harbor that he expected to contribute at Cal as a freshman.