July 27, 2013

Media Day: Dykes on Fall Camp, Bigelow, walk-ons, and more


That's the number of players who sat out a single practice this Spring for the Cal football team.

"If you sit and you look at our team, who didn't go through Spring ball, potentially those are some of our best players. Guys like Bigelow, Richard Rogers, guys like Brennan Scarlett, Stefan McClure was coming off of a knee injury, just a lot of guys that didn't participate. Chris McCain didn't do much. Guys that have potential to be good players," Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said Friday at Pac-12 Media Day in Culver City, Calif. "How are they going to develop? How are they going to fit? How fast can they pick things up? Those are the unknowns, but the good thing is they're back."

With Fall Camp barely a week away, virtually all of Cal's walking wounded (Spencer Hagan and Griffin Piatt being the exceptions) are expected back when the Bears put the pads back on August 5th.

That includes electric tailback Brendan Bigelow, who sat out this Spring after having surgery to repair a miniscus tear in is right knee.

"You know, you watch the Ohio State game last year and you go wow, this guy is pretty special. And then he disappears, and for whatever reason you don't really know. Maybe he wasn't healthy, maybe he didn't grasp the offense, whatever. So we're at a little bit of a disadvantage just because we didn't have him during the Spring. He was out because of an injury so he's still a little bit of an unknown commodity," Dykes said. "But we see what the tape was last Fall. We see what our strength and conditioning coach (Damon Harrington) says about him right now and how he moves and he's a hard guy to not be excited about."

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