A few weeks back, I was able to catch up with Bigelow on campus, and check in with him really quickly on his knee - which, judging from his choice of words, I inferred that he was improving, but not quite at full strength just yet.
According to Sonny Dykes' comments yesterday, though, Bigelow could be further along in his recovery than I originally gave him credit for, as both he and Stefan McClure have been declared healthy for fall camp.
Cal's Sonny Dykes said that RB Brendan Bigelow and CB Stefan McClure (knees) should be good-to-go for fall camp. Will be cautious w/ both.— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) July 24, 2013
Stefan McClure had practiced all spring without issue, so that part is not nearly as revealing; but with the backfield being what it is, confirmation of Bigelow's availability - however limited it may be - can only be seen as a net positive overall. If the Bear Raid is to live up to original expectations, #5 will need to play a significant part overall. Good to hear he's been cleared to go.