TwistNHook: Isi! Isi! Isi! Isi! Isi!
NorCalNick: Quite the contrast from last season. Last year it was Isi (who many doubted could carry the load), a bunch of injured players, and a bunch of first year Bears.
Now all of a sudden Cal fans look at the depth chart and see the first three spots filled with players with diverse and complimentary skillsets, proven performances and/or dynamic talents. Isi Sofele, C.J. Anderson and Brendan Bigelow all bring something different to the position. Exciting times!
TwistNHook: And don't forget Manuel. He's been definitely showing some promise. H Here are Isi's numbers on the season.
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Berkelium97: I am really impressed with the strides Isi made this season. Early in the year, I thought he had found his role as a reliable, if unspectacular, running back. He did enough to pile up some yards in any given game, but rarely exceed the 100-yard mark. He was an okay runner and his vision wasn't that great. Early in the season, there were several plays where Isi had room to run but he simply did not hit the right hole. The most famous example was his third down run on the Bears' final goal line series against Washington. He should have followed Kapp around the corner, past Miller who sealed the edge with a great block. Kapp would have picked up any stray defenders and Isi would have found the end zone. Instead, Isi cut inside too soon and was stopped short.
Wow, has he changed. While the O-line also improved over the season, Isi's development has helped turn the run game from good to great. He now hits the hole with authority and his vision has improved tremendously. His legs never stop churning and on many occasions he has turned a big loss of yards into something positive. It really says something that the 5'8, 190lb Sofele knocked out multiple defenders this season. He has turned into the bowling ball Mike Mohamed described him as in the summer of 2010. Now that he's better at getting himself into space, he can make great use of his elusiveness in open space. I'm hoping next season we see more long runs from him as he continues to improve.
OhioBear: For all the angst a lot of our fanbase felt about the running back position, we look to be in pretty good shape right now heading to the bowl game and into next season. Isi Sofele was much maligned at the start of the season and even as the season progressed, but he must be given his due as a guy who might actually fit nicely into the Igber-Echemandu-Arrington-