Football: A word about Bigelow

It’s been apparent since the end of the first week of camp that heralded running back recruit Brendan Bigelow was far from contributing. His knee may be completely healed but he hasn’t been able to cut loose and run completely hard on it yet, he’s still digesting Cal’s system and he is shaking off the cobwebs of not playing football for almost two years.

Bigelow is playing on the scout team now, meaning he’s far from playing. Jeff Tedford doesn’t ever have to say Bigelow is redshirting. He can just not play him and once the second half of the season comes along, we can draw that conclusion. But unless Bigelow starts making much bigger strides soon — and that will be hard to do on the scout team — it looks like he won’t be playing until 2012.

Tedford didn’t completely rule out Bigelow playing this season when asked about his status today, but he said it’s not likely. The only way I can see him playing is if the Bears incur injuries to one or two of their backs and they pull him off scout team for depth purposes. Even with that, he still has guys like
Dasarte Yarnway, Daniel Lasco and Mike Manuel with which to contend.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.