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Football: Bigelow practices, likely to play

Running back Brendan Bigelow practiced Wednesday, four days after taking a shot to the head against Northwestern, and should be cleared to face Portland State on Saturday afternoon, according to coach Sonny Dykes.

“He moved around good, looked fresh, looked fine. We’re anxious to see how he plays Saturday,” Dykes said.

Bigelow has not yet been cleared to play, but Dykes said he anticipates it will happen.

Defensive end Chris McCain and receiver Kenny Lawler, both of whom also took head shots against Northwestern, sat out Wednesday’s workout, but should return Thursday.

Receiver Chris Harper, who injured his shoulder in practice a week ago but caught 11 passes Saturday, practiced lightly and is fine, Dykes said.

“I don’t think there’s much to it. I think he’s going to be sore from time to time, but I don’t think there will be any lingering problems.”

Nothing has changed with defensive end Brennan Scarlett (hand), linebacker Nick Forbes (back) or nose tackle Mustafa Jalil (knee). Scarlett is still awaiting clearance, while Forbes and Jalil are OK’d to practice whenever pain allows it.

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Dykes provided a bit more explanation for why the Bears practiced their fake field goal using a volleyball.

He said the play was practiced during a walk-through workout in which they were not allowed to use a football.

“We practiced it about 100 times, but we didn’t ever practice it with a football,” he said. “You can’t practice with a football — it counts as practice when you use a football.

“Sometimes you’re allowed to use a volleyball, sometimes socks, a tape ball — whatever they tell us we can use.”

Placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato threw the first touchdown pass of the Dykes era last Saturday, turning a field goal fake into a 10-yard connection to holder (and receiver) Jackson Bouza.

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So, coach, peeking ahead to Ohio State a week from now? Just a little bit?

“No, not even one-tenth of 1 percent,” Dykes said. “Not at all.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Calbearister

    Two comments about this:

    (1) So why is Chris McCain the only one who gets ejected when like half our starters seem to have taken headshots during the game? I mean how stupid is the NCAA? McCain, Lawler, Fortt, Bigelow, etc….all get concussed and no calls? And the one targeting call the guy didn’t even miss a down. Stupid.

    (2) Speaking of stupid NCAA rules, nice loophole there about using a volleyball instead of a football.

  • al

    Keep in mind: pac-12 refs < replacement refs. We've been watching substandard officiating for many years. In the last 2 years I've seen flags thrown against Cal for things I've never seen called! Last year was ridiculous & Cal's sloppy play didn't help. Hell, the quacks hold on EVERY play but rarely get called on it. It won't get better for Cal until they start winning, & sadly, it really won't start until next year.

  • Drizzlyboy

    “We asked if we could use a rugby ball but they said it was too much like a football.”

  • Heteroscedastic Bear

    I hope we figure out how to open the running lanes. Go Bears!

  • jabes

    Northwestern’s starting QB (the running QB) went out with a concussion. The McCain and Lawler concussions may have happened in practice (see Jeff’s next post).

    Still, it’s ridiculous that the Pac12 crew botched the review on McCain’s ejection, and the head-to-head contact on Bigelow during the game certainly looked like the textbook definition of targeting.

  • Calbearister

    That at least explains Lawler and McCain. Although it still shows how dumb the targeting rule is. Nobody gets a targeting penalty during practice, yet concussions still happen.