Stress Fracture Sidelines Makonnen

Sept. 30, 2003

BERKELEY - Senior Jonathan Makonnen, the leading receiver on the Cal football team last year, will undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a stress fracture of his left foot which has hampered his performance this season, Cal head football coach Jeff Tedford announced Monday.

Makonnen, who caught 54 passes for 682 yards and seven touchdowns for last year's7-5 Bear team, had missed three of Cal's first six games this season due to his foot injury, as well as a bruised thigh.

The former City College of San Francisco and Woodside High School star had been limited to 14 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown in 2003. He caught a season-high seven passes for 104 yards, including a 20-yard TD catch in the second overtime, in Saturday's 34-31 win over the nationally No. 3 ranked USC Trojans, but complained of soreness in his left foot.

Tedford said that the university will be applying for a medical hardship waiver through the Pacific-10 Conference office. A favorable ruling would give Makonnen another year of football eligibility.

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