Cal secondary is banged up

California's All-Pac-10 cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson may miss the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah on Wednesday because of a nagging sprained ankle, Jonathan Okanes of the Contra Costa Times reported.

That's not good news in any event, but it's particularly worrisome because Thompson was likely going to focus his efforts on neutralizing the Utes top receiver, David Reed.

Further complicating things in the secondary is a shoulder injury to No. 3 cornerback Josh Hill.

That means if Thompson can't go, he would be replaced by redshirt freshman Marc Anthony, who will be making his first career start. According to Okanes' report, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said Anthony has passed junior Darian Hagan in the pecking order. Hagan began the year as the starter opposite Thompson.

Thompson is a four-year starter, so missing practice time isn't critical. His availability figures to be a game-time decision.