Bouncing around the region’s football scene:
Vanderdoes down and out – Former Placer High School standout Eddie Vanderdoes had his junior season at UCLA come to a crushing end Saturday in a 34-16 win over Virginia when the defensive tackle tore an ACL.
Bruins coach Jim Mora said Vanderdoes’ knee “locked up on him” earlier in the game, but Vanderdoes soldiered on, finishing with a team-high eight tackles. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Vanderdoes lifted UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark in celebration after Clark caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Vanderdoes then collapsed and limped off the field.
499 Victories for the UC Davis football program
Vanderdoes will have surgery when the swelling goes down, said his father, Eddie Vanderdoes III, adding that his son plans to remain as involved with the program as possible, including helping the defense break down film of opponents.
Vanderdoes, who was a fast-rising NFL prospect, likely will be granted a medical redshirt this season. The versatile lineman rushed for a touchdown last season and led the way with a block on a rushing touchdown Saturday.
While UCLA fans expressed support for Vanderdoes on social media, some Notre Dame fans celebrated the injury, tweeting “karma” in reference to his switch of allegiance from the Irish to the Bruins during recruiting. He initially signed with Notre Dame, then appealed to void the commitment.
499 and counting – UC Davis’ next victory will be the program’s 500th, a tidbit courtesy of Doug Kelly, the Aggies’ longtime radio color commentator. Famed coaches Jim Sochor and Bob Biggs accounted for 300 of those victories. The Aggies host South Dakota on Saturday.
Cerebral game – Washington coach Chris Petersen said Monday during his weekly news conference that true freshman quarterback Jake Browning (Folsom) is above the curve in football smarts. “He’s very football smart. He’s seen a lot of things from the offense (from his high school career). He studies, and he’s into this thing as much as anyone I’ve ever been around.”
Petersen added he was glad Browning was upset after Washington lost 16-13 to Boise State, “He’s really competitive. Our guys should be (ticked) off. That’s what you want. Most people think they’re competitors, and they’re not. They’re mopers.” The Huskies host Sacramento State on Saturday.
Honoring No. 43 – Sac State awarded defensive lineman and team captain Nick Mazza with jersey No. 43, last worn by John Bloomfield, the beloved defensive lineman who died during the 2012 season from complications of a collapsed lung.
Jackson drive – Don Jackson (Laguna Creek) led Nevada with 124 rushing yards, including scoring runs of 1 and 7 yards, in the Wolf Pack’s 31-17 victory over UC Davis. The senior had five 100-yard games last season and finished with 957 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bad break – Minot (N.D.) State quarterback Zac Cunha (Roseville) had his senior season end when he suffered a broken collarbone in a 21-20 loss to Southwest Minnesota State. He had surgery over the weekend.
43 Jersey number of the late John Bloomfield awarded to Sacramento State captain and defensive lineman Nick Mazza
Tackling terror – USC linebacker Cameron Smith (Granite Bay) tied for the team high with seven tackles in a 55-6 rout of Arkansas State. Smith is the first true freshman to start at middle linebacker for the Trojans since Riki Gray – later Riki Ellison – in 1978.
Rousing debut – Former UC Davis player and assistant coach Rusty Stivers won his debut as the head coach at Modesto Junior College with a 41-10 rout of state-ranked No. 4 American River College. The Pirates entered the season unranked, but that will change.
Appreciating history, Stivers, a former MJC player, posed before the second-half kickoff with the Pirates’ other head coaches over the last 36 years. They included Steve Da Prato, who in 1984 guided Elk Grove to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.