Cal wide receiver Kaelin Clay underwent surgery on his left knee Monday but could return to action in as little as three weeks.

Coach Jeff Tedford said the procedure involved trimming Clay's meniscus. Tedford said it was good news because a complete repair of his meniscus would have required a more intrusive surgery.

Clay, a redshirt freshman, was expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind starters Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen. He's considered one of the fastest players on the team.

Cal opens the season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.

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Linebacker Ryan Davis has had to wait longer than most junior college transfers to make an impact. Now that he's getting his opportunity, he's not leaving anything to chance.

Davis has all his bases covered as the Bears begin the 2011 season. So much so that he's even attending meetings that aren't required of him.

"I've been to every single meeting -- the newcomers, the veterans -- basically just to get my knowledge and football IQ up," Davis said. "I don't have to. I have just been going to everything. I want (the newcomers) to know just as much as I know, if not more, because then they can help me."

Davis had a handful of offers from major programs after his sophomore year at Cerritos College. He committed to Washington before changing his mind late and signing with Cal on National Letter of Intent Day in 2009.

Once in Berkeley, he put on weight and started to look more like a defensive lineman. Cal's coaching staff decided to redshirt him so Davis could get back down to a linebacker's playing weight.

But Davis was an afterthought last season, with Mychal Kendricks, Keith Browner and Jarred Price all playing in front of him. He got into just six games and had four tackles.

With Browner and Price now gone, Davis began spring practice working with the first team and hasn't let that position slip, although he is being challenged by younger players such as freshman Cecil Whiteside.

"I wasn't disappointed at all (last year)," Davis said. "I knew I wasn't the best one to be out there. I wasn't mad. I knew sitting on the sidelines would only get my mentality better, it would prepare me for once I got in and it would help me to soak up the entire situation. The journey has been extremely worth it."

  • Linebacker Nick Forbes won't practice for another week or two as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery. Tight end Spencer Ladner, who injured his knee during the spring, is expected back next week.