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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
San Jose Mercury: Cal's Lynch steers toward bigger leadership role
By Jay Heater
BERKELEY, Calif. - Is this the new Marshawn Lynch? Not long ago, Lynch had to be prodded to do anything that would represent his college of choice. He loved playing football, but he didn't seem all that interested in Cal. On Saturday, though, Lynch was the Golden Bears' poster boy, driving around Memorial Stadium in an equipment cart, saluting fans and generally soaking in the moment. More than two hours before the game, Lynch grabbed the team flag during the March To Victory through a swarm of fans. He has spoken up in team meetings and led the Cal chants that end practice. He hardly practiced last week due to two sprained ankles, but he carried the team on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime of a thrilling 31-24 win over Washington. Perhaps this Cal thing is more than just a pit stop on the way to the NFL.