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Know your enemy: Former UW commit Brendan Bigelow expects to hear some boos

First here is some video of Jeff Tedford talking to the media

One-time UW commit and reigning Pac 12 special teams player of the week Brendan Bigelow will come to Husky Stadium with the team he spurned the Huskies for last spring - the Cal Bears.

Bigelow literally jumped out of his seat earlier this week when asked about Saturday's game at Washington. The freshman running back orally committed to Washington before changing his mind and signing with Cal.

"It's a huge game," he said, walking in a little circle before sitting back down. "I'm excited. I know they probably hate me."

When asked if he expected to get booed, Bigelow said: "Oh, yeah. I'm pretty sure."

Hmm, well, I don't know about Husky fans hating him. A good portion of the 60,000 fans on hand aren't necessarily recruiting geeks and won't know Bigelow from any other Cal player. As for boos, that may be surprising too. Then again maybe I'm underestimating the UW fans passion a little. But Bigelow isn't be the first commit to change his mind, and he won't be the last.

Here's a nice story on fifth-year senior fullback Will Kapp, who happens to be the son of legendary Cal quarter back Joe Kapp.

The elder Kapp was an All-American in 1959 and helped lead Cal to its last Rose Bowl appearance.  He would later coach the Bears from 1982-1986, but his coaching career would end thanks largely to an incident with the Seattle media following a game against the Huskies.

From the story ...

His statistics are modest. (Three carries for 14 yards and one pass reception for 16, along with two tackles and an assist.) But his prowess as a blocking back has validated Cal's faith in him.

"He's like a Tasmanian devil on the field," said Ron Gould, Cal's running backs coach. "He only has one speed, and that's 100 mph."

Joe is proud but also uncharacteristically restrained as he talks about the father-son connection. Leave me out of this, he said, and focus on Will. This is his moment.

"He's earned his place," Joe added. "I'm just an old bird sitting in the stands. But I've had the full experience now."Also of note in this notebook from the SF Chronicle has been the issues Cal has had with its shotgun snaps

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