2017 NFL Draft

Brendon Bigelow, RB

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 185 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
Played in 35 of 37 possible games including all 24 possible over his final two seasons with 10 starts over three campaigns from 2011-13...Registered 877 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground over 155 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per rush...Totaled 2,545 all-purpose yards, adding 1,363 kick return yards and one touchdown on 62 returns and 305 yards receiving and one touchdown on 42 catches to his rushing totals ...Longest career plays were an 81-yard touchdown rush at Ohio State that is the longest ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium and a 32-yard scoring catch vs. UCLA both as a sophomore in 2012, and an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first game of his career against Presbyterian as a 2011 freshman ...Had two career 100-yard rushing games, going for 160 yards rushing on only four carries at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2012 and 107 yards on a career-high-tying 18 carries at Colorado as a 2013 junior, scoring a career-high-tying two rushing touchdowns in each contest ...Scored 42 points on seven touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving, one kick return) ...Played primarily running back but did spend a short period of time during the middle of his 2013 junior season as an inside receiver.
2013 Season
Second on the squad with 421 yards rushing and tied for second with two rushing touchdowns on a team-high 105 carries (4.0 ypr) while playing in all 12 games with five starts...Added 34 receptions for 202 yards receiving both out of the backfield and in limited action as an inside receiver...Fourth on the team in all-purpose yardage with 701, adding four kick returns for 78 yards to his rushing and receiving totals...Had a season-high 107 yards rushing and both of his touchdowns on the ground to equal a career-high in both rushing touchdowns and points over 15 carries at Colorado, adding two receptions for seven yards to total 114 all-purpose yards...Posted a career-high and team season-high-tying 18 rushes against both Portland State and Oregon, going for 75 yards against the Vikings and 61 against the Ducks while adding three reception for 19 yards and one catch for three yards, respectively...Totaled a season-high 119 all-purpose yards at Washington State when he brought back four kicks for 78 yards in his only action of the season as a kick returner and added 12 rushes for 41 yards.Rushed 15 times for 61 yards including a season-long rush of 32 yards in the season-opener against Northwestern, while adding three catches for a career-high 41 yards...Had a career-high six catches for 22 yards and added one rush for three yards against Oregon State...Had a season-long 25-yard catch at Stanford that was part of four receptions for 32 yards, while he also added 17 yards rushing on 13 carries...Registered other rushing and receiving totals against Ohio State (11 rushes, 39 yards; 2 receptions, 11 yards), USC (2 rushes, 17 yards; 2 receptions, 9 yards), Washington (5 receptions, 34 yards), Arizona (4 receptions, 5 yards) and UCLA (2 receptions, 18 yards)...A second-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice as an all-purpose player according to Lindy's, while Athlon and College Sports Madness had him on its third team and Phil Steele on its fourth team, all at running back...Listed prior to the season as a "Cal Player to Watch" by Lindy's, a "Key Bear" by Athlon and on "Star Watch" according to USA Today...The nation's No. 8 all-purpose and No. 33 Fantasy Football player prior to the season according to Lindy's...Steele had him as its No. 34 draft eligible running back before the beginning of the campaign...Named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Performer of the Year Watch List ...Missed all of spring practices due to injury.
2012 Season
Played in all 12 games with three starts...Named the team's Co-Ken Harvey Award winner for the player showing special academic commitment and improvement...An honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a kick returner, bringing back 35 kick returns for 810 yards that were both the most by a Cal player since Lavelle Hawkins in 2007, with an average of 23.14 yards per return that ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and 52nd nationally...Rushed for career highs of 431 yards and three touchdowns on the ground over 44 carries for an career-high average of 9.8 yards per rush...Had 92 receiving yards and one touchdown on seven catches for an average of 13.1 yards per grab...Finished with a career 1,333 all-purpose yards (432 rush, 92 receiving, 810 kick return) to rank eighth in the Pac-12 and 59th nationally with an average of 111.08 all-purpose yards per game...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...Had a career-high 160 yards rushing and a career-high-tying two rushing touchdowns (also career-high-tying 12 points) on the ground on only four carries at Ohio State 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, with his 81-yard touchdown run the longest run ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium and the longest by a Cal player since Best had a 93-yard TD run at UCLA in 2009.His 40.0 yards of rushing and total offense per play against the Buckeyes were both the most in a 2012 game by a Pac-12 player, while he also added three kick returns for 74 yards to finish with a career-high and team season-high 234 all-purpose yards...Earned CFPA National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and National Honorable Mention Running Back Performer of the Week for his performance against Ohio State...Rushed for 66 yards on two carries at Utah with most of the damage coming on the 57-yard touchdown run that was the third-longest run of his career, while adding one reception for six yards and two kick returns for 32 yards...Brought back seven kicks for a career-high 171 yards including a season-long 57-yard kick return vs. Oregon to earn CFPA Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week honors and then had a career-high eight kick returns for 162 yards at Oregon State, adding six rushes for 20 yards against Oregon and six carries for 19 yards at Oregon State...Had his biggest receiving days of the season with two receptions for 40 yards against Stanford and two catches for 36 yards against UCLA, including his lone career scoring catch on a career-long 32-yard reception, while adding five rushes for 12 yards and one kick return for 15 yards against the Bruins, and four kickoff returns for 96 yards and no two rushes for none against the Cardinal...Recorded stats in other games against Washington State (season-high 8 rushes, 59 yards; 1 kick return, 29 yards), Washington (6 rushes, 49 yards; 1 reception, 3 yards; 3 kick returns, 72 yards), USC (4 rushes, 31 yards; 1 reception, 1 yard; 3 kick returns, 66 yards), Nevada (1 rush, 3 yards; 2 kickoff returns, 59 yards) and Southern Utah (1 rush, 12 yards; 1 kickoff return, 27 yards)...Named to the preseason CFPA Special Teams Trophy Watch List ...Rushed three times for 20 yards and brought back two kicks for 32 in the spring game.
2011 Season
Played in each of the team's last 11 contests off the bench as a true freshman ...Led the team with 23 kick returns and 475 kick return yards for a 20.7 average, while adding six rushes for 25 yards and one reception for 11 to rank fifth on the team with 511 all-purpose yards...Had Cal's first kick return for a touchdown since 2007 and its lone kick return for a touchdown in 2011 when he brought back the opening kickoff of the second half 88 yards in his Cal debut against Presbyterian...Earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week honors for the effort against Presbyterian in which he finished with two kick returns for a season-high 111 yards and a 55.0 yards per kick return average that led the Pac-12 for the best average in a single game for much of the season before being eclipsed late in the campaign, with his kickoff return for a touchdown one of only eight by Pac-12 players in 2011...Also had a season-high 15 yards rushing on two carries, including a season-long 12-yarder, and his lone reception of the season (11 yards) vs. Presbyterian for a season-best 137 all-purpose yards.Had a season-high three rushes for two yards at UCLA...Rushed once for eight yards vs. Oregon State...Posted a season-high and team season-high six kick returns for 87 yards at Oregon...Other kick returns stats came vs. USC (5-96), at Washington (5-93), vs. Washington State (2-40), vs. Texas in the Holiday Bowl (2-39) and vs. Utah (1-9) as he spent most of the early portion of the season as one of the team's primary kick returners...Prior to the season was listed as the nation's No. 13 running back recruit as well as the No. 13 overall Pac-12 recruit by Athlon, the No. 17 freshman running back according to Phil Steele and the No. 2 Cal recruit by Sporting News...Also listed as a "Freshman Phenom" on a Fantasy Flash sidebar in Cal's team section of Athlon's season preview magazine.
High School
One of the nation's top-rated running backs by several sources despite missing his entire 2010 senior season with a knee injury...Rushed for an even 1,000 yards on only 87 carries (11.5 ypr) with 14 touchdowns on the ground as a 2009 junior, while adding 23 receptions for 327 yards and three scores for a squad that was 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-River League...Top game as a junior was a career-high 277-yard rushing performance on 30 carries vs. Paso Robles, while he also had 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns on a mere six carries against Clovis...Also a member of the track and field team, posting personal-bests of 10.62 in the 100, 21.29 in the 200 and 47.00 in the 400 meters.
Full name is Brendan Will Bigelow...Born July 12, 1992...Father is Frank Bigelow...Uncle is Tony Fane...Checked in as the nation's No. 11 running back/tailback in the 2011 recruiting class according to Rivals and Tom Lemming, No. 13 by ESPN and No. 32 according to Scout...Listed as Rivals' No. 176 player overall nationally and was the organization's No. 19 player overall in California...A four-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals, as well as a three-star prospect of Scout.

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