Brandon Ludwig Injured in Spring Practice

April 17, 2001

Cal head coach Tom Holmoe announced today (Tuesday) that Cal offensive line standout Brandon Ludwig (6-4, 285) only suffered a moderate ankle sprain during Monday's spring football practice and would be back to full health in just a few weeks.

Ludwig, a second team All-Pac-10 selection last season as a junior, had made the move to center this spring and is expected to anchor Cal's heralded offensive line effort in 2001. He had showed exceedingly well in last two weeks, after the move from guard.

He went down during some team scrimmage drills on Monday and there was a large amount of concern when he was wheeled off to the training room. However, x-rays later proved there was no fracture and the prognosis was made that the injury was less severe than an ankle sprain Ludwig suffered during the Illinois game last season. He returned after two weeks following that ankle injury.

'There was a major sigh of relief when we found out that Brandon's injury was relatively minor,' said head coach Tom Holmoe. 'He has appeared to be a natural at the center position, somebody who could be the key to our whole line this coming season. Losing him would have been a setback, so we feel pretty fortunate right now.'

Holmoe did indicate the Bears would go through a fullscale scrimmage in the annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage this Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

There are several players who will sit out the scrimmage due to injuries, although none of them appear serious. Included in that group are safety Nnamdi Asomugha (shoulder), cornerback Jemeel Powell (groin), defensive tackle Jonathon Giesel (shoulder) and defensive end Tully Banta-Cain (groin). Also questionable for the scrimmage are wide receiver Derek Swafford (hamstring) and cornerback LaShaun Ward (hamstring).

Holmoe singled out several individuals having outstanding springs, including outside linebacker Scott Fujita, offensive linemen Ludwig, Mark Wilson, Scott Tercero and Langston Walker, wide receivers Sean Currin and Geoff McArthur, defensive ends Tom Canada and Jamaal Cherry and tailback Joe Igber.

Cal opens its 2001 season on Labor Day weekend at home, facing Illinois on September 1.

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