01/16/2014 - California running back Brendan Bigelow has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Cal's athletic department announced Bigelow's decision Wednesday, the final day for juniors to declare for the draft. He ran for 421 yards and two touchdowns on 105 attempts last season for the Golden Bears, who went 1-11 in Sonny Dykes' first season as coach. Bigelow burst onto the scene with 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a loss at Ohio State as a sophomore. But he struggled to consistently produce the rest of the season, and then battled the effects of offseason knee surgery most of last year. Bigelow is the fifth player to leave Cal early this offseason. Defensive back Kameron Jackson, tight end Richard Rodgers, linebacker Khairi Fortt and defensive tackle Viliami Moala already had declared for the draft. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB Brendan Bigelow had an outstanding game against Ohio State last season, when he rushed for 160 yards on just four carries, including touchdown runs of 81 and 69 yards. The Buckeyes no doubt remember that, too, and will be prepared to stop him. With his speed and shiftiness, Bigelow seems perfectly suited to Sonny Dykes' spread offense, which creates space for running backs. However, after running for 51 yards on Cal's first possession of the season, Bigelow has gained just 85 yards since. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - Bears' top running back, Brendan Bigelow, may not play against Portland State as he recovers from a concussion sustained against Northwestern. With or without Bigelow, Cal will be the clear favorite against Portland State. But with the seven wins FCS teams had against FBS teams in the opening weekend (eight if you count Samford's victory over transitioning Georgia State), Cal will not be taking Portland State lightly.
The Vikings play in the same conference (Big Sky) as Eastern Washington, which upset then-No. 25 Oregon State in its opener. However, Portland State went 3-8 last year and is expected to finish near the bottom of the conference standings, while Eastern Washington went 9-2 last season and is again considered a Big Sky title contender. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - RB Brendan Bigelow is questionable for the Portland State game because of a concussion. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: TB Brendan Bigelow averaged 9.8 yards per carry last season in limited playing time, and he demonstrated his breakaway potential with an outstanding game against Ohio State. He had touchdown runs of 81 yards and 59 yards against the Buckeyes while piling up 160 yards rushing that day. He has had knee problems throughout his career and missed spring ball after having another minor knee procedure. But his speed and ability in the open field make him perfectly suited to Dykes' spread offense, which creates space for runners like Bigelow to break off big runs. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/2013 - TOP CALIFORNIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. RB Brendan Bigelow (5-10, 187, 4.46)*...Despite possessing more dynamic ability than gutty co-starters Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson, Bigelow was inexplicably given only given 44 rushing attempts by the Cal coaches in 2012. His elusiveness, balance and breakaway speed caught Ohio State by surprise last year as he rushed for 160 yards on just four carries, twice breaking free for long touchdowns (81, 59). His 81-yard jaunt is the longest run ever recorded by an opponent at Ohio Stadium. His only other touchdown of the career went for 57 yards against Utah, making him the first Cal back since Best to record three 50-plus-yard runs in one season.
Bigelow is a natural with the ball in his hands, demonstrating the lateral agility and balance to elude defenders, as well as breakaway speed. As his listed size suggests, however, Bigelow does not run with much power. While he sports a well-developed upper body, Bigelow is a finesse runner who rarely was able to generate much yardage after contact in 2012. He'll get plenty of opportunities in space in Dykes' offense and could emerge as one of the Pac-12's most feared all-purpose backs. To do so, he'll need to stay healthy as the junior missed the spring recovering from yet another knee surgery, this time to repair a torn meniscus. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: TB Brendan Bigelow demonstrated his break-away speed and big-play potential, but the Cal coaches had trouble figuring out how to make use of his skills. He averaged 9.8 yards a carry, and he had three touchdown runs of more than 50 yards. With the other two primary ball-carriers, Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson, out of eligibility in 2012, Bigelow should be the focal point of the running game in 2013. He should fit in well in Sonny Dykes' offensive system, which spreads the field and gives running backs room to maneuver. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/2013 - TOP CALIFORNIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. RB Brendan Bigelow (5-10, 187, 4.46)*...While Tedford was perhaps best known nationally for producing quarterbacks, Cal's sent a steady stream of running backs to the NFL during his tenure, including top 100 picks Shane Vereen (New England Patriots, 2011), Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions, 2010), Lynch (Buffalo Bills, 2007) and J.J. Arrington (Arizona Cardinals, 2005). While lighter than any of the previous stars Tedford recruited to Berkeley, Bigelow offers similar game-breaking skills as the former Cal backs. Dykes' offense revolves around the passing game, but he took advantage of speedy, undersized backs in previous stops as the head coach at Louisiana Tech and as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and Arizona.
Bigelow signed with Cal as one of the more celebrated prep backs in the country despite missing his entire senior season with a torn ACL, the second time he'd torn the ligament in a span of just seven months. Bigelow's big play ability was back a year later, however. He emerged as Cal's starting kick returner as a true freshman, recording 475 yards, including an 88-yard return for a touchdown in a thumping of Presbyterian. He maintained this role for the Bears in 2012, recording 805 yards in 2012. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/19/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Brendan Bigelow (Jr.), California..."My pain and desire is fuel to myself and success is not given, it's won," Bigelow said. "Therefore it is an honor and privilege to be part of the Doak Walker Award." Bigelow has 1,844 career all-purpose yards over 23 games played and three starts in his first two seasons at Cal in 2011 and 2012 as he has returned 58 kicks for 1,285 yards and a touchdown, while adding 456 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
His all-purpose and rushing totals are all the most by an active Cal player. Bigelow had a career-high 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only four carries at Ohio State in 2012 as he became only the second Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last decade to post 150 or more yards rushing in a game on five or fewer carries. He was also the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 with three or more runs of 50-plus yards during a season on a pair of scoring jaunts at Ohio State of 81 and 59 yards, as well as a 57-yard TD rush at Utah. The 81-yard rush was the longest ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium. - Cal football