Several players transferred away from Cal after the 2011 season -- namely RBs Trajuan Briggs and Covaugn DeBoskie-Johnson -- but the Golden Bears more than made up for their departures with the addition of former Penn State LB Khairi Fortt. Fortt's a welcom addition in Berkeley, especially following the departures of 2011 starting LBs D.J. Holt and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kendricks.
ILB Khairi Fortt (Penn State): Fortt was one of 10 Nittany Lion players who decided to transfer from Penn State after the NCAA hit the school with unprecedented sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The Bears lost both starting ILBs from 2011, meaning Fortt should compete for playing time as soon as he's healthy. The junior linebacker underwent minor knee surgery back in the spring and coach Jeff Tedford has said he doesn't foresee Fortt playing early in the season. When he's healthy, Fortt can be a game-changer. In 2010, he was one of only seven Penn State freshmen to see playing time. In 2011, Fortt recorded 33 tackles for the Nittany Lions, including six tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
Others transfers: Former Cal Poly kicker James Langford also transferred to Cal this past offseason. Langford, who won't be eligible until 2013, hit both of his field goal attempts (47, 41) in the Bears spring game back in April.