By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 at 9:54 pm in Mid-week.
One of the most impressive things about Cal running back Justin Forsett is the way he carries himself. He’s the ultimate professional. Running backs coach Ron Gould says Forsett’s work ethic is “impeccable”, and it shows. But Forsett also is a quiet leader who commands respect from his teammates. And as a senior who has seen plenty of playing time over the past four years, he offers an intelligent sense of perspective. When he deals with the media, he almost always gives thoughtful answers and has something substantial to say.
Cal guard Brian De La Puente offered an example as the team’s press luncheon on Tuesday.
“Thursday practices are more of a mental day. During special teams when he’s not in, he comes down with the O-Line and works on blitz pick-ups,” De La Puente said..” He’s really motivated to learn the offense and not make any mistakes. To have somebody that gets the ball, gets the touchdowns, and be motivated to know blocking schemes, it’s nice to know.”
Forsett ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday in the win over Louisiana Tech, but one of his most impressive plays was the block he threw to completely take out a defender and give Jahvid Best an open path to the end zone after a screen pass.
Of course, one of the funnier moments came when Forsett accidentally ran right into the back of De La Puente. Forsett joked “that was the hardest I was hit all game.” De La Puente’s take? “That was the talk after the game. I had a tackle for loss. It didn’t hurt me too bad. I just remember looking back and seeing him lying down. It didn’t look like a good play.”