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Cal’s Damariay Drew’s career over due to torn ACL

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University of California-Berkeley defensive back Damariay Drew will not play another collegiate football game according to head coach Sonny Dykes via NBC Sports.

The 5-11, 200-pound Drew suffered a torn ACL earlier this year, and had been holding out hope that he could get some playing time in during his fifth, and final eligible collegiate campaign.

Drew was originally a three-star member of Cal’s 2012 recruiting class and displayed some legitimate promise at times on the field. After red-shirting as a freshman, Drew played in all 12 games in 2013.

Unfortunately, the 22-year-old is perhaps best known for an off-the-field incident in which a victim reported that the then 20-year-old Drew was part of an incident where a “dog had been kicked and [that] he had been punched several times,” according to a police report obtained by The Mercury News.

Drew was subsequently charged with battery with serious bodily injury and inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony and a $100,000 was placed on his release.

He went on to play in junior college in 2014, before being re-admitted to Cal in 2015 — a year that saw him finish third on the Golden Bears in tackles with 71.

Given his solid previous season, and years of experience, Drew was expected to compete for a starting job this season. The season-ending injury report affirms the starting roles of Khari Vanderbilt and Evan Rambo at the safety positions.

That said, it will also force the Golden Bears to rely on some of their younger players in the secondary likely before the team had hoped.

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