Brendan Bigelow showed flashes of brilliance last year, but it was clear he had not yet fully recovered from a pair of ACL tears. Now that he has made a complete recovery--mentally and physically--he's ready to challenge for the RB role behind seniors Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson.
"And if anybody want to race me, you know where I’m at," he said after a recent practice at Witter Rugby Field.
He was only half-joking.
It is a remarkable pronouncement as the sophomore is less than two years removed from two major injuries in the same knee. Bigelow tore the ACL in his right knee as a junior at Fresno (Calif.) Central, then did so again less than a year later.
He was able to play last season as a true freshman, but is only now recapturing the form that was poised to make him a highly sought-after recruit in the Class of 2011 before he was hurt.
"I feel great," Bigelow said. "I said this last year too, but it’s a different strength that I got in my knee now. I can plant it now and just go. I’m a lot more confident. I feel better physically and mentally. I’m about to get after it."
After the jump baseball and softball earn some impressive series wins and Cal football's NFL prospects prepare to visit their suitors.
- Doug Drabik has some photos from inside Memorial Stadium.
- Season ticket holders are now allowed to select their seats (even though those seats do not actually exist yet).
- Ernest Owusu will visit the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals.
- Mitchell Schwartz will visit the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and Atlanta Falcons.
- Cal took game two (and the series) against UW with a 5-3 win.
- The Bears finished an impressive weekend with a 6-4 win to notch a sweep of the third-ranked Huskies.
- The Bears swept the Pac-12 awards for the second week in a row. Jolene Henderson was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and Jamia Reid was named Player of the Week.
- Cal notched a big 6-5 victory over no. 18 Texas to win the weekend series.
Daily Cal has a great profile on senior Danny Oh.
- Cal topped Santa Cruz 128-0. Yes, 128 to nothing. This also happened to be our reserve team featuring 11 freshmen and 5 sophomores.
- The men's team finished second behind top-ranked Harvard at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Bears had won the event the previous three consecutive years.
- The second-ranked women's team finished fourth in San Diego.
- The no. 9 Bears women's team defeated no. 29 ASU 7-0.
- Zsofi Susanyi was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. She is the first Cal freshman ever to receive the award twice.
- The 12th-ranked men's team posted a 5-2 win over Arizona.