Football: Wednesday practice update

As game day gets closer, there is one pretty good development for the Bears — their health.

Cal is pretty whole as it prepares for Saturday’s season-opener against Fresno State. Freshman running back Darren Irvin really is the only player sidelined. Whether he would have been playing as a true freshman is up in the air, but he was getting good reviews from both Jeff Tedford and running backs coach Ron Gould before getting hurt.

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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.


Football: Cal lands WR Walker

Kennedy-Richmond wide receiver Kenneth Walker called Jeff Tedford this morning after practice to give his oral commitment to Cal. Walker is rated as the No. 62 WR in the country by rivals.com. The Bears now have five commitments for the class of 2012, including two wide receivers (with Bryce Treggs being the other).