September 30, 2007

Forsett the heart and soul of Cal

Justin Forsett has spent his entire career being doubted and questioned. When he graduated from high school, his skills were questioned enough by Notre Dame, particularly in light of the other recruits they had gotten verbal commitments from that Notre Dame pulled their scholarship offer to Forsett. Forsett responded by being one of the most productive backup running backs in Cal history.

After his former recruiting classmate Marshawn Lynch left the Bears early for the NFL last spring, fans and commentators questioned whether Forsett had the durability to be the starting back at Cal.

But Forsett has responded with a 100 yard performance in 4 out of Cal's 5 games, including 105 in the Oregon game, averaging over 120 yards per game. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing touchdowns with 7 and is second to only Jonathan Stewart in Pac-10 rushing yards.

With every game, Forsett continues to have his load increased and the weight of the team on his shoulders. In the 4th quarter and the game tied, Tedford called for 3 consecutive running plays to Forsett in the red zone. Forsett responded by scoring the go ahead TD.

How does Forsett feel about these expectations?

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