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Scarlett makes impact for Cal

Cal sophomore Brennan Scarlett from Central Catholic High is starting at linebacker as the Bears prepare for their Saturday game at home against Oregon.

The 6-4, 255-pound Scarlett is tied for 10th on the team in tackles with 38, including 18 solo, six for loss and 2 1/5 sacks.

Last season, as a true freshman, he saw limited action in three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

“Playing this year is a dream come true,” he says. “I actually have an impact on the game.”

Scarlett knows a little bit about injuries. As a Central Catholic senior, he played in only two games before going down for the year with a knee injury. The same injury caught up to him last year against Utah, but he says it was a blessing in disguise.

“It wasn’t bad,” he says. “I was able to get stronger in the offseason. I learned the game of football so much more. In high school, I just played.”

Scarlett surprised some when he didn’t sign with Oregon or Oregon State.

“It came down to Cal and Stanford,” he says. “I felt like Cal had the best campus feel, new people, and it was real diverse.”

The Bears also will play at Oregon State on Nov. 17.

“I’m going to be on the outside, focusing on the pass rush and stopping the run,” he says. “My speed has come in handy. Those are some of my best strengths.”

— Jon Fuccillo