Cal Players to Watch against Oregon

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Michael Lowe-Free Safety

October 27, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes running back John White (15) runs the ball as California Golden Bears defensive back Michael Lowe (5) attempts a tackle during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Lowe was a guy who came into the season as one of the guys who Cal was going to need to step up in order for them to make a leap forward from their 3-9 season a year ago. Keep in mind, that was the thinking before Avery Sebastian went down for the season.

After that, Lowe became the de-facto leader in the secondary. Lowe has always had the potential to be very good, but last year while having some highs (three interceptions and 69 tackles last season), he also had more than a few moments where he missed tackles and was made to look silly in coverage.

This season, he has 13 tackles with a fumble (though he missed the game two weeks ago against Ohio State). He has already been cleared to play and, according to reports, will start tomorrow against Oregon. He will need to play at his best against a dominant receiving corps that Oregon features.