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September 23, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Today's podcast features the owner and operator of The Republic in San Francisco, Cal grad Shaw Amirghassemkhany, as Ryan Gorcey, Jon Doss and Danny Freisinger break down the Bears' win last week against FCS opponent Presbyterian, the double-award week for true freshman Brendan Bigelow and this Saturday's Pac-12 opener with Washington.
The Huskies (2-1) fell last week to Nebraska in a 51-38 shootout that saw Washington score 21 points in the fourth quarter. Huskies quarterback Keith Price tossed four touchdowns in that game, bringing his Division I FBS-leading total to 11.
Price isn't Washington's only weapon, though, as the Huskies bring dependable junior tailback Chris Polk to the table, as well. Polk posted his fifth consecutive 100-yard game dating back to last season with a 130-yard, 22-carry effort against the Cornhuskers.
In contrast, Cal tailback Isi Sofele just recorded his first 100-yard game against the Blue Hose last week in San Francisco.
This week during practice, Bears head coach Jeff Tedford -- who just won his school-record 75th game as skipper -- let slip that junior college transfer C.J. Anderson was "the back-up," to Sofele.
"You've got Isi in there who's really quick, small, really quick. His speed, once he gets out, with his speed, he's gone. Teams try to prepare for that," Anderson said. "They try to look at film to dictate what plays I'm going to run or what plays that Isi is going to run. The biggest difference is that when Isi's in on a goal line, Isi runs like a goal line back, and when I'm in there in the mid-field and I make somebody miss, I kind of look like a scat-back. We try to pick our tools, and our toolboxes, as best as possible. They're going to do what's best for me. I'm the big bowling ball and Isi's the quick, fast, lightning guy, and we can wear down defenses a couple different ways and make it easier on Zach [Maynard] to spread the ball around to our receiving corps, which is the strength of our team."
Anderson, who has been nick-named the "Bowling Ball" by defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is ready for the challenge of going up against returning Pac-10 Honorable Mention defensive tackle Alameda Ta'Amu.
"I've seen him on film, but it's all about us," Anderson said. "They treat me like I'm the sledge hammer back with not a lot of shakes, so I just have to try to open my game up and show them what I can do."
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