In many respects, Cal has become Running Back U, churning out 1,000-yard rushers and NFL backs at a prolific pace.
With the loss of Shane Vereen to the the NFL—selected by the New England Patriots—Cal running backs coach Ron Gould will be looking to fill some very big cleats.
True freshman Brendan Bigelow has the chance to step in and grab a hold of this position despite missing his entire senior season in high school due to a knee injury. He was still ranked as a top-15 running back recruit in the country.
Fully cleared to practice, Bigelow might just be the fastest player on the Cal team.
Just last week at a donor reception, Tedford called Bigelow "the best recruit he’s ever had."
If he can quickly live up to this hype, Bigelow could take the Pac-12 by storm.