Football: Bigelow quotables

I had a chance to talk with Brendan Bigelow yesterday for today’s notebook about him playing Saturday. Bigelow said he has been getting some first team reps. He obviously wont’ start, but he will definitely play at some point.

Here’s more of what he had to say:

On the difference between the beginning of camp and now:

“I definitely feel a lot stronger and I’m getting a lot more comfortable, not just with myself but with the brace. The brace was a hard thing to get used to. I’ve been working my butt off and it’s getting easier for me. I feel a lot better.”


On the layoff of not playing:

“I haven’t played for awhile. It’s coming along. It was really hard. During camp, I was struggling. I’m used to running around and doing drills. When I got to camp, I was really exhausted. It beat me up. I’m getting used to it now. Things are starting to come along. I’m ready to go.”


On playing Saturday:

“I really, really want to play. If I get in, it would be a blessing. I’ve been waiting. I’m ready to go.”


On what changed for him recently:

“Actually, it was after theFresnoStategame that I really realized that I really wanted to play. I needed to kick it in gear. That’s when I realized I really, really wanted to play. I really wanted to get in.”


On why theFresnoStategame changed him:

“It was just the atmosphere, the feeling that I got from it. I love the game of football. I’m back to normal. Let’s get going.”


On whether he thought he would be redshirting:

“I felt like I needed to learn the plays and get used to the pass protection. I just thought maybe I wasn’t ready for this. After theFresno St.game, it was all over with. It was killing me. I was feeling it again.”


On what’s improved:

“I started running. Before, I wasn’t used to running full speed because I’ve been out for a year and a half. I really wanted to come back. I started running real hard. I just kept pushing. I just really started working. I started showing Coach that I want to play. He started to see that.”


On getting used to his knee brace:

“I’m starting to become one with the brace. I wasn’t used to it. It threw my running style off. But I’ve become one with the brace and made it my own leg. Now that I’m starting to learn how to run with it, it’s a lot better.”

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.

  • ScottyBear

    Can’t wait to see him turned loose. Brendan on the outside and CJ inside, we’ve got a great backfield!

  • I like this dude’s attitude and I really hope his leg holds up. Go Bears!

  • Tru Dat

    I can’t tell: Did he REALLY want to play or REALLY, REALLY get in? : )

    I hope he has a great game and I look forward to watching him on my laptop this weekend.


    Go Bears!

  • Calduke

    I’ve never done the ATT park.
    If I get off BART, is it within walking distance?
    Approx how far? Uphill?
    How does it compare to BART/Berkeley to Memorial??

  • killingmesofele

    Calduke: It is within walking distance. Get off of embarcadero or Montgomery BART. Along Market Street to second street and head east on second street. You will walk approximately 12 blocks until you hit the ballpark. Good beer and food at 21st amendment along the way.

    I recommend checking out Googlemaps to find the best route for you.

  • wehofx

    I’m liking BB more and more.

    Go BEars!

  • milo

    Glad to hear this kid is ready and wanting to go. Rip it up.

    Calduke, from Montgomery St. BART, it’s 8 blocks to ATT. It’s about the same as BART to Memorial except no big hills.

  • Calduke

    Milo – THANKS

    Is the Embarcadero Sta an alternative?

  • calfaninaz


    I never thought i would be pumped for prespy…but now i am!

  • rollonubears

    Embarcadero is a nice option, too with a nice walk along the bay. You can also transfer and take the muni train right to the park if you want (for an extra fee).

  • Will

    Embarcadero is better just because of the stroll along the Bay.

  • milo

    Embarcadero is a nicer walk, no doubt. I’d take that route going to the game and take 2nd St. to Montgomery St. on the way back…more bars and restaurants.

    I walked down 2nd St. to Montgomery for work for almost 5-6 years so it’s instinct…and faster and it’s a block or two over 1 mile.

    If you get lazy you can take the Muni Metro from ATT into Embaradero station and walk up a level to BART.

  • Larry

    Take the ferry. $15.00 RT each adult head from Jack London Square, Alameda, or Marin(?). It takes you right to A.T.& T. Park 1 hour before the game. Then you catch it back 30 minutes after the game.

  • NorCal Scott

    What’s the Over-Under on the Attendance for this game? Based on previous FCS games the past few years I’m thinking 23K will be a good crowd.

    Seriously, I’m not making the 90min trip into the city to watch this game, pay $20-30 parking, and $8 beers at the Public House.

    I just checked StubHub and LOTS of seats for sale, as cheap as $15 endzone, and only $40 temp sideline 50yd line.

  • Calduke

    Hey People!!

    Great help. I appreciate your suggestions.
    I will probably decide my route at the last minute.
    I have season tickets, so, I can try all the routes
    including the ferry

    Thanks Again

    Go Bears.

  • James

    Dear Bigelow, pushing hard is great but don’t blow out your knee again.

  • Uh Huh!

    I have a hard time understanding how 2 weeks (no, 9 days) since the Fresno State game can make a difference for Bigelow.


    He was on the sidelines, finally pumped up, and that’s when he suddenly found inspiration to be physically fit and running hard? Come on!

    More to the point, methinks JT is none too impressed with what he’s getting out of Isi. Truthfully, I think he was just using the “not ready, Isi is the starter and you are buried” as a bit of psychological encouragement for Bigelow. I guess it has worked. But it worries me that BB is actually NOT going to be ready.

  • rathokan

    Best of luck to BB. I hope he’s ready physically and mentally, and I’d hate to see him get hurt again. From all the interviews, he seems like a nice, sincere kid and I’m pulling for him… not that I have anything against Isi, CJA, or CJD. They’ve been troopers as well. I think Isi is underrated… he’s not Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen, or Beast Mode, but he runs hard and blocks well.

  • Rollonubears

    Let’s just see how he plays. I’m more worried about the knee than anything else. It would be a shame to burn a blueshirt for a game against the blue hose and sit out all season. On another note, a lot are people are going to this game because of that stubhub option norcal mentioned. This is the only game a lot bear fans can afford. I’ll be paying the 8 bucks to watch online. Wish I could be there, though.

  • Bobby

    Uh huh, I think this is more of a mental thing that manifested itself in his physical performance on the field than Bigelow suddenly getting into shape in 10 days.

    What I mean: indications out of camp were that Bigelow was still adjusting to playing again, and at times appeared tentative and not as fast in game situations as he could be. Then, after watching the Fresno game, Bigelow more or less noticed that he could in fact get out there if he got over his mental hump and pushed his knee to the limit. And it sounds like that is what he did.

  • milo

    Give the kid a break and I mean kid. He’s 18 or so, hurt his knee twice, hasn’t played for 1.5 years and is now on a D1 program at an academically rigorous school…sometimes it takes time to literally and metaphorically get to speed.