Joining Adcock and Crostwaite as the lone survivors of their class are starting safety Michael Lowe and backup quarterback Austin Hinder.
Long gone after injury retirements are running back Trajuan Briggs, Geoffrey Gibson and Nick Forbes. Gone are academic washouts Kaelin Clay, Cecil Whiteside, David Wilkerson, Adrian Lee, Tevin Carter and Terrance Montgomery, as well as Chris McCain, who also had conduct issues that hastened his dismissal. Also long gone is highly-touted defensive tackle Gabe King, who left the team to focus on academics. Gone is receiver Keenan Allen, who turned pro and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers after his third season, earning AFC Rookie of the Year in 2013. Tight end Jacob Wark was a grad transfer to Oregon State. †
No doubt the mass exodus over the years of so many talented players that could've been the nucleus of a 5th-year senior class, has had a major impact on the team's fortunes in recent years.†And now it's down to the final four of the 2010 class to get the axe back to Berkeley after Saturday's showdown at Memorial Stadium.† †
"It's a big deal," said Crosthwaite. "We lost the axe our (first) year so it's burning in me to get the axe back. We lost it and we need to get it back to giv me some peace that Cal's got the axe." †
"I agree completely with that," said Adcock. "It would mean a lot, especially with the way the season's gone. With both teams being 5-5, that gets us to a bowl game and it would just be a huge win for the program and just bring the season around to where we want it to be."† †
As for what could've been for the 2010 recruiting class?† †
"Me and Chris always talk about it," said Crosthwaite. "Like Kaelin Clay -he's ballin' out at Utah. He's doing great, good for him. It would've been great to have all those guys still here in our locker room."† †
Now both 5th year seniors are set to graduate in December.
Adcock's accumulated an amazing 180 units while studying in the Haas School of Busines and was recently admitted to medical school following his 2015 graduation.
Crosthwaite's near the academic finish line, as well, and is looking at getting into real estate development. †
As they near their undergrad academic finish line, there's still one prize that would undeniably make their accomplishments in Berkeley that much sweeter -that elusive axe. †
To reclaim the axe, the Bears will have to take down a Stanford club that's had their way with them in recent years, but the 5-5 Cardinal appear ripe for the picking if the Bears are on their game.† †
"We're way more confident this year," said Crosthwaite. "We know we can play with anyone in the nation. I think we've proven that."† †
To view Crosthwaite and Adcock's video in full, use the embedded viewer below: † † † †