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Golden Nuggets: Brendan Bigelow Gets Back to Full Speed (And Challenges Anyone to Disprove It)

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.