By Jay Heater
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The face was larger than life. It was the face of
"I know of Greg's talent," Lupoi said. "Guys keep asking him, 'Come on over and paint my wall.' He used to be a hidden jewel, but everyone knows about him now." Everybody knows about Hughes as well. Lynch knows about the shoes that Hughes painted -- a tribute to rappers past and present -- with leather dye for teammate Bernard Hicks. Now Lynch and Robert Jordan are standing in line waiting for their own specialty shoes, athletic shoes that will be painted in honor of deceased rapper Mac Dre. "I'm about to kick my shoe thing off really hard," Hughes said. "I'm not really into abstract art. I don't deal with the fantasy world. Because I don't have a vivid imagination, I deal with realism. I'm into product design." Standing nearby while Hughes was talking about his artistic endeavors, Van Hoesen was holding a small sculpture of a muscular figure rising from a sandy base. An outstretched arm pointed up at the sky. The figure's face, looking skyward, was in complete anguish. "It seems like the harder you fight sometimes, the more you sink into quicksand," Van Hoesen said. "Sometimes you can feel so powerful on the football field, but you still are struggling."
The detail on Van Hoesen's sculpture is impressive.
"I've seen Greg's sculptures," said
Lupoi, who says he draws at an "an advanced fourth-grade level," said
• KICKOFF: 12:30 p.m.
• TV/RADIO: Chs. 7, 10; 810-AM
• RECORDS: Cal 1-0 after a 41-3 home win over
• INJURIES: Cal -- QB Nate Longshore (broken leg), WR Noah Smith (broken leg), OG Brian De La Puente (ankle) are out; LB Worrell Williams (ankle) is questionable.