Sep 7, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) hands off the ball to running back Brendan Bigelow (5) during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cal running back Brendan Bigelow reportedly declares for 2014 NFL Draft


It’s not everyday that a junior running back coming off of a season where he gained less than 500 yards, declares for the NFL Draft, but that’s where we are with California running back Brendan Bigelow.

As noted by Jeff Faraudo above, it has been a mass exodus from the struggling Cal program, as Sonny Dykes’ team just finished a 1-11 season and they are now hemorrhaging talent left and right. Bigelow had a decent junior season, rushing for 421 yards on 105 carries (4.0 per carry) with 2 touchdowns, but he largely split time in the backfield throughout the season and it’s a bit of a shock to see him leave.

There is a real possibility that Bigelow could go undrafted in 2014, but because of his solid measurables, he could be a late-round pick or possibly latch on with a team in free agency. As for Cal, they are stuck from a talent standpoint for next season, and in a situation where everyone was already expected a massive rebuilding project, the task just became much more difficult.

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