Electrifying tailback Brendan Bigelow took some time out from juking defenders to answer some questions:
CGB: First of all, how's the knee?
BB: The knee's fine. I don't have any problems.
CGB: What's the big difference between last year and this year with how you're feeling?
BB: I would say probably recovery time. I'm able to bounce back a lot better.
CGB: Was it valuable getting onto the field last year? I know you didn't get as many snaps as you want. And some people were wondering if you would redshirt with the knee or not. By getting to play, how do think that helped with your development?
BB: It helped a lot because with me being out a year and a half, it was good to get back into it. Helped me get confident to get back to a high level of performance.
CGB: There's been a lot of talk that Tedford's offense is too complex. But you played as a true freshman. What's your thought on this? Is the offense too complex for college players to pick up and learn?
BB: I think it's fine. The thing is you have to sit down and really learn it. There are a lot of plays. You have to go through them thoroughly.
CGB: What's the toughest part to pick up? Is it the blocking assignments?
BB(nods emphatically): It's the blocking assignments. I didn't do any of that in high school. So for you young players out there, work on your pass pro.
CGB: Looking forward to this year, what's different about your game?
BB: I'd have to say confidence. I was lacking that last year because of the knee situation.
CGB: What's the Cal training staff like?
BB: Phenomenal. I appreciate everything they do for me.
CGB: Is it a hard transition coming in from high school, balancing schoolwork, getting healthy, picking up the playbook?
BB: Yeah, it's pretty hard. You've got to put things aside and really focus on academics, school. If you want to be the best, you have to put in the time.
CGB: Other schools like to negatively recruit and say that Cal is too hard and there's not enough support. Is that true?
BB: Nah. We have a lot of support. You just have to take advantage of the support that you get.
CGB: I know you love all your Oline. And there's a lot of competition with new starters on the line. But be honest - who do you love running behind? When it's all a blur out there moving fast, is there a number you pick out that you just know there will be a hole open if you just go that way?
BB: I don't know yet. I can't put a number one guy yet. I probably will once the season starts.
CGB: Are there some of the young linemen that really stand out?
BB: There is one person. That's Big O. Number 76.
CGB: Okafor, right?
BB: Yeah boy.
CGB: What is it about Coach Gould that makes him such a good position coach?
BB: Man, there's a lot. He focuses on the little things. Even more than the other coaches. He wants you to be the best you can be. He really cares.
CGB: So not just on the field?
BB: Yeah, personally. Classroom. Everything.
CGB: And ball security?
BB: Definitely ball security. Especially ball security.
CGB: Do they still have that rule that if you put it on the ground, you don't see the field?
BB: Oh yes. They still have that. I'm not going to put the ball on the ground anymore.
CGB: Thank you so much for taking the time. We can't wait to see you on the field.
BB: Thank you.