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Cal Senior Running Back Marcel Dancy Will Return in 2021

Dancy is one of six Golden Bears seniors who have confirmed they will be back next football season

Fifth-year senior running back Marcel Dancy, who started two of Cal's four games in 2020 and was the Bears' second-leading rusher this past season, will return to Cal for the 2021 football season.

Dancy did not make a formal announcement that he will be back next season, but a Cal spokesman confirmed that Dancy has stated that he will return for another season of football.

Although Dancy is a fifth-year senior who graduated in December, players who participated in the shortened 2020 season did not have a season of eligibility count against them.

Dancy joins five other Cal seniors who have also said they will use their extra year of eligibility to play for Cal in 2021: safety Elijah Hicks, inside linebacker Kuony Deng, outside linebacker Cameron Goode, defensive back Josh Drayden and center Michael Saffell.

Dancy, who arrived at Cal as a walk-on after playing junior-college ball at Laney College, rushed for 156 yards in Cal's four games in 2020. Freshman Damien Moore led the team in rushing with 186 yards, but Dancy led the Bears in yards per carry at 5.0 per attempt. Dancy also caught nine passes for 68 yards.

Dancy was Cal's second-leading rusher in 2019 as well, when he ran for 248 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry in 12 games.

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Also, Cal redshirt junior offensive lineman PJ Poutasi entered the transfer portal on Tuesday.

Poutasi played in three games in 2019 and one in 2020, none as a starter.

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Cover photo of Marcel Dancy by Darren Yamashita, USA TODAY Sports

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