HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- California's Geoff McArthur, the
team's top receiver, broke his left leg in the fourth quarter of
the No. 4 Golden Bears' 26-16 win at Southern Mississippi on
McArthur, a senior who holds the school's career records for
receptions and yards receiving, broke the fibula in his left leg
while blocking on a 12-yard run by J.J. Arrington. McArthur's
teammate and a Southern Miss defender rolled over McArthur's leg
while the receiver was looking the other way.
The injury probably will prevent McArthur from ever playing in a
bowl game with the Bears, even though he has been a huge part of
the program's three-year resurgence under coach Jeff Tedford.
McArthur was second in the nation behind Pittsburgh's Larry
Fitzgerald in receiving last season. He made 16 catches for 245
yards in last season's Big Game against Stanford -- but he broke his
arm during practice shortly before Cal's victory over Virginia Tech
in the Insight Bowl.
Despite a painful shoulder injury and previous problems with his
hamstrings, McArthur leads the Bears with 57 receptions and 862
yards receiving this season. Against Southern Miss, he had six
catches for 145 yards and a 36-yard touchdown before getting hurt.
"I love Geoff like a brother. My success, he's been a big part
of it," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "How he got hurt kind of
explains his story here. He's a selfless guy."
McArthur never reached full strength in his senior campaign, but
he stayed in the lineup to keep the Bears' powerful offense going,
despite injuries to three fellow seniors.
Chase Lyman was lost for the season with a torn left knee
ligament after just four games, while Burl Toler has been dogged by
tendinitis all season. Jonathan Makonnen missed four games with a
bruised liver and struggled with hamstring injuries before
returning against Southern Miss.