One of the position battles Cal coach Jeff Tedford was most interested in seeing during training camp was at fullback. Now, he's enjoying watching the winner of the competition make serious contributions to the Bears' offense. Senior Brian Holley made an impact for the second straight week Saturday, exhibiting his strength and athleticism during a 21-yard catch to set up Cal's first touchdown during a 59-7 rout of Eastern Washington.
One week after demonstrating he could be a solid short-yardage back for the Bears, Holley exhibited the ability to make plays out of the backfield. After catching a screen pass from quarterback Kevin Riley on Cal's second play from scrimmage, Holley discarded a strong hit by Eagles cornerback Kevin Hatch, using his hand to help him stay on his feet for a long gain. "I started turning up field and the guy tried to tackle me low," Holley said. "I recognized it and got as low as him and kept my hand down. It's good to be able to contribute to the offense. I've been fortunate enough to be in the position to make a play."
Holley battled Will Kapp and John Tyndall in training camp for the right to replace highly regarded Will Ta'ufo'ou.