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Golden Nuggets: Ron Gould Grooms the Next Generation of Stellar Cal Running Backs

With Isi Sofele firmly entrenched as the starter and CJ Anderson sidelined with an injury, all eyes are on Brendan Bigelow and Daniel Lasco. If spring ball is any indicator, the future at running back is bright.

The highlight was seeing Bigelow take a handoff on a red zone drill, plant his foot, lower his pads and burst up the middle toward the goal line. When he tried to extend the ball over the goal line, however, the ball squirted loose, much to the displeasure of running backs coach Ron Gould.

"It was a nice run but a poor finish," Gould said. "If he keeps improving and holds onto the ball, he will (have an impact in the fall). If not, he'll be standing on the sidelines with me. There's a level of expectation these guys have to play at. Anything less is not acceptable."

Said Bigelow, "Coach G is something else. He's a great coach, though."

While the 5-foot-10 Bigelow is a speedster, fellow tailback Daniel Lasco brings more power at 6-1 and 204 pounds. He, too, is trying to show the coaches that he deserves a few carries this season.

"I can't wait until fall comes," said Lasco, a redshirt freshman. "I'm taking all the things Coach G taught me. I want to help the team out as much as possible, whether that's at running back or on special teams."

Lasco sat out Saturday's practice with a sore hamstring and had to watch as Bigelow came up big, especially on the run in which he lost the ball at the goal line.

"He's finally learning to get his pads down and he's using his speed to advantage," Lasco said. "He's going to be a sight to see."

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