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Oregon State interim head coach Cory Hall said he expects inside linebacker Manase Hungalu to play at Cal.

Anibal Ortiz, Mid-Valley Media

Oregon State interim coach Cory Hall said he expects inside linebacker Manase Hungalu to play this Saturday at California.

Hungalu was cited by the Corvallis police for violent conduct last weekend for his role in an argument outside Qdoba.

"He'll play, if I was to bank on that. I think Manase's in a good place," Hall said.

"Obviously there's a process he has to go through and we're just waiting with him through that, but he's fine. He's got to meet with the administration and we've got to hear both sides and get the report and go from there.

"Most importantly, this is something that Manase has been able to learn from and I try to explain to all these athletes that you're different and you're portrayed in a certain light and so you have to walk in that light. So he'll be fine. He's a great kid."

New leadership at Cal

There was a complete coaching change at Cal during the offseason.

The Golden Bears went from Sonny Dykes to Justin Wilcox as head coach and Wilcox brought in an impressive staff that includes defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin.

The Bears are 4-5 with a big win against Washington State. They need at least two wins out of their final three games against OSU, Stanford and UCLA to land a bowl bid. Cal finished 5-7 last season.

"They've done a great job of building Cal, they've created something on offense that they believe in. Baldwin has done a really good job," Hall said. "And then you have Wilcox and DeRuyter over there, two great defensive minds that I respect, I have high regard for.

"I've seen how they interact with their players and you can tell that they're also player coaches and they're seasoned. They've done exactly what they were hired to do."

Hall expects test from Bears

Cal rolled past WSU at home on Oct. 13, blowing out the Cougars, 37-3, a stunner since WSU was looking like a strong contender for the conference title.

The Bears also have wins against North Carolina and Mississippi and nearly took down a red-hot Arizona team two weeks ago.

"I think a lot of teams have come in and overlooked Cal, which is something you can't do in this sport. Cal wasn't surprised but Washington State was," Hall said.

"You look at their game where they played Arizona, who is playing some of their best ball right now, came down there to the double overtime. I think a lot of teams see Cal for who they used to be and not who they really are."

On Jake Luton

Hall does not want quarterback Jake Luton to feel any pressure to push his timetable to return faster than necessary.

Hall said Luton is still in a day-by-day process of recovery.

"I tell Jake there's no rush because just playing quarterback and getting hit hurts," Hall said. "So the mentality that may still persist as far as remembering what happened, you still have to go through the psychological aspect of getting back on the field.

"He's got to get back into the offense and just throwing; his motion and some stiffness may be there."


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