Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Daily Cal: Midweek Notebook: Week 10

Matt Kawahara

The Cal football defense hasn't had much success over the past two seasons against little guys who can run with the football.  Last season, the Bears didn't have a problem slowing down bruisers like Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Stanford's Toby Gerhart. But they were sliced and diced by Arizona's Keola Antolin (5-foot-8) and Oregon State's James and Jacquizz Rodgers (both 5-foot-7). Jacquizz rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Beavers' 34-21 win over Cal; James returned a kickoff 86 yards to the end zone and scampered for another 18-yard score.

A little over a month ago, Oregon's 5-foot-9 LaMichael James continued the trend with 118 yards on the ground.  All that doesn't bode well for this weekend, when the brothers Rodgers -- who currently rank No. 1 and 2 in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage -- bring their act to Memorial Stadium.

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