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Cal loses RB Tre Watson to season-ending knee injury

Tre Watson entered the 2017 season with his name on the preseason watch lists for the Paul Hornung and Doak Walker awards. The Cal running back will end it watching his teammates from the sidelines.

Bears head coach Justin Wilcox has confirmed that Watson will miss the remainder of the 2017 season because of an unspecified injury to his right knee. The senior sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Week 2 win over Weber State.

“You feel for a guy like that that’s put in so much time and effort into the program,” Wilcox said. “We’ll have his back. Now it’s going to be the next man up at that position. He’ll bounce back from this, but it’s never easy going through that.”

The next man up at the position appears to be Patrick Laird, who ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries in helping the Bears to easily get past their FCS opponent.

Last season, Watson was second on the Bears in rushing yards with 709 and led the team with four rushing touchdowns. He ran for 83 yards in less than five quarters worth of work this season.