Brendan Bigelow has signed an undrafted free agent contract with Tampa Bay.
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Brendan Bigelow Signs with Tampa Bay

Former Golden Bears running back fifth player from 2013 to join an NFL team.
By Cal Athletics on Fri, May 16, 2014

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Former Cal running back Brendan Bigelow has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to stories published on the team’s official website and at
Bigelow finished his three-year Cal career with 877 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 155 carries over 35 games with 10 starts. He also added 305 yards receiving on 42 catches and 1,358 kickoff return yards on 62 returns for a total of 2,540 all-purpose yards. Bigelow totaled seven touchdowns for 42 points, adding one reception and one kickoff return for scores. He had a memorable game at Ohio State as a 2012 sophomore when he rushed for a career-high 160 yards on four carries, including an 81-yard touchdown run that is the longest ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium and another 59-yard scoring run against the Buckeyes. Other career highlights included an average of 9.8 yards per rush as a 2012 sophomore when he had a career-high 431 yards on the ground on only 44 carries and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a kick returner the same season when he brought back 35 returns for 810 yards, averaging 23.1 yards per return to rank fifth in the Pac-12. He also had an 88-yard kick return for a touchdown in his first collegiate game against Presbyterian during his 2011 freshman campaign.
Bigelow is the fifth former Cal player to either be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, sign an undrafted free agent contract or agree to terms with an NFL team following the conclusion of the draft last Saturday. TE Richard Rodgers and LB Khairi Fortt were selected in the third and fourth rounds of the draft by the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints on Friday and Saturday, respectively. DT Deandre Coleman and CB Kameron Jackson agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Other former Cal players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2013 and were eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and attended local pro days hosted by both Cal and the San Francisco 49ers include OL Mark Brazinski, PK Vincenzo D’Amato, LB/DE Chris McCain and DT Viliami Moala.
Visit for coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft selections and subsequent NFL undrafted free agent signings of former Cal football players.

Brendan Bigelow Bio
Brendan Bigelow (BIG-uh-low), RB, 5-10, 180, Fresno, CA/Central HS – East Campus
After Cal
► Signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after entering the 2014 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Entered the 2014 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Participated at the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and was clocked hand-timed in the 40-yard dash as low as 4.41 despite tweaking a hamstring during the run
► Participated at the 2014 San Francisco 49ers Pro Day
Cal Career (2011-13)
► Played in 35 of 37 possible games including all 24 possible over his final two seasons with 10 starts over three campaigns from 2011-13
► Registered 877 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground over 155 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per rush
► Totaled 2,545 all-purpose yards, adding 1,363 kick return yards and one touchdown on 62 returns as well as 305 yards receiving and one touchdown on 42 catches to his rushing totals
► Longest career run was an 81-yard touchdown rush at Ohio State that is the longest ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium and longest career reception was a 32-yard scoring catch vs. UCLA both as a sophomore in 2012, while his longest career kickoff return was an 88-yarder for a touchdown in the first game of his career against Presbyterian as a 2011 freshman
► Had two career 100-yard rushing games, going for 160 yards rushing on only four carries at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2012 and 107 yards on a career-high-tying 18 carries at Colorado as a 2013 junior, scoring a career-high-tying two rushing touchdowns in each contest
► Scored 42 points on seven touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving, one kick return)
► Played primarily running back but did spend a short period of time during the middle of his 2013 junior season as an inside receiver
Junior (2013)
► Second on the squad with 421 yards rushing and tied for second with two rushing touchdowns on a team-high 105 carries (4.0 ypr) while playing in all 12 games with five starts
► Added 34 receptions for 202 yards receiving both out of the backfield and in limited action as an inside receiver
► Fourth on the team in all-purpose yardage with 701, adding four kick returns for 78 yards to his rushing and receiving totals
► Had a season-high 107 yards rushing and both of his touchdowns on the ground to equal a career-high in both rushing touchdowns and points over 15 carries at Colorado, adding two receptions for seven yards to total 114 all-purpose yards
► Posted a career-high and team season-high-tying 18 rushes against both Portland State and Oregon, going for 75 yards against the Vikings and 61 against the Ducks while adding three receptions for 19 yards and one catch for three yards, respectively
► Totaled a season-high 119 all-purpose yards at Washington State when he brought back four kicks for 78 yards in his only action of the season as a kick returner and added 12 rushes for 41 yards
► Rushed 15 times for 61 yards including a season-long rush of 32 yards in the season-opener against Northwestern, while adding three catches for a career-high 41 yards
► Had a career-high six catches for 22 yards and added one rush for three yards against Oregon State
► Had a season-long 25-yard catch at Stanford that was part of four receptions for 32 yards, while he also added 17 yards rushing on 13 carries
► Registered other rushing and receiving totals against Ohio State (11 rushes, 39 yards; 2 receptions, 11 yards), USC (2 rushes, 17 yards; 2 receptions, 9 yards), Washington (5 receptions, 34 yards), Arizona (4 receptions, 5 yards) and UCLA (2 receptions, 18 yards)
► A second-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice as an all-purpose player according to Lindy’s, while Athlon and College Sports Madness had him on its third team and Phil Steele on its fourth team, all at running back
► Listed prior to the season as a “Cal Player to Watch” by Lindy’s, a “Key Bear” by Athlon and on “Star Watch” according to USA Today
► The nation’s No. 8 all-purpose and No. 33 Fantasy Football player prior to the season according to Lindy’s
► Steele had him as its No. 34 draft eligible running back before the beginning of the campaign
► Named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Performer of the Year Watch List
► Missed all of spring practices due to injury
Sophomore (2012)
► Played in all 12 games with three starts
► Named the team’s Co-Ken Harvey Award winner for the player showing special academic commitment and improvement
► An honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a kick returner, bringing back 35 kick returns for 810 yards that were both the most by a Cal player since Lavelle Hawkins in 2007, with an average of 23.14 yards per return that ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and 52nd nationally
► Rushed for career highs of 431 yards and three touchdowns on the ground over 44 carries for a career-high average of 9.8 yards per rush
► Had 92 receiving yards and one touchdown on seven catches for an average of 13.1 yards per grab
► Finished with a career 1,333 all-purpose yards (432 rush, 92 receiving, 810 kick return) to rank eighth in the Pac-12 and 59th nationally with an average of 111.08 all-purpose yards per game
► The first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 with three or more runs of 50-plus yards during a season on a pair of scoring jaunts at Ohio State of 81 and 59 yards, as well as a 57-yard TD rush at Utah
► Had a career-high 160 yards rushing and a career-high-tying two rushing touchdowns (also career-high-tying 12 points) on the ground on only four carries at Ohio State as he became only the second Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last decade to post 150 or more yards rushing in a game on five or fewer carries, with his 81-yard touchdown run the longest run ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium and the longest by a Cal player since Best had a 93-yard TD run at UCLA in 2009
► His 40.0 yards of rushing and total offense per play against the Buckeyes were both the most in a 2012 game by a Pac-12 player, while he also added three kick returns for 74 yards to finish with a career-high and team season-high 234 all-purpose yards
► Earned CFPA National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and National Honorable Mention Running Back Performer of the Week honors for his performance against Ohio State
► Rushed for 66 yards on two carries at Utah with most of the damage coming on the 57-yard touchdown run that was the third-longest run of his career, while adding one reception for six yards and two kick returns for 32 yards
► Brought back seven kicks for a career-high 171 yards including a season-long 57-yard kick return vs. Oregon to earn CFPA Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week honors and then had a career-high eight kick returns for 162 yards at Oregon State, adding six rushes for 20 yards against Oregon and six carries for 19 yards at Oregon State
► Had his biggest receiving days of the season with two receptions for 40 yards against Stanford and two catches for 36 yards against UCLA, including his lone career scoring catch on a career-long 32-yard reception, while adding five rushes for 12 yards and one kick return for 15 yards against the Bruins, and four kickoff returns for 96 yards and two rushes for none against the Cardinal
► Recorded stats in other games against Washington State (season-high 8 rushes, 59 yards; 1 kick return, 29 yards), Washington (6 rushes, 49 yards; 1 reception, 3 yards; 3 kick returns, 72 yards), USC (4 rushes, 31 yards; 1 reception, 1 yard; 3 kick returns, 66 yards), Nevada (1 rush, 3 yards; 2 kickoff returns, 59 yards) and Southern Utah (1 rush, 12 yards; 1 kickoff return, 27 yards)
► Named to the preseason CFPA Special Teams Trophy Watch List
► Rushed three times for 20 yards and brought back two kicks for 32 in the spring game
Freshman (2011)
► Played in each of the team’s last 11 contests off the bench as a true freshman
► Led the team with 23 kick returns and 475 kick return yards for a 20.7 average, while adding six rushes for 25 yards and one reception for 11 to rank fifth on the team with 511 all-purpose yards
► Had Cal’s first kick return for a touchdown since 2007 and its lone kick return for a touchdown in 2011 when he brought back the opening kickoff of the second half 88 yards in his Cal debut against Presbyterian
► Earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week honors for the effort against Presbyterian in which he finished with two kick returns for a season-high 111 yards and a 55.0 yards per kick return average that led the Pac-12 for the best average in a single game for much of the season before being eclipsed late in the campaign, with his kickoff return for a touchdown one of only eight by Pac-12 players in 2011
► Also had a season-high 15 yards rushing on two carries, including a season-long 12-yarder, and his lone reception of the season (11 yards) vs. Presbyterian for a season-best 137 all-purpose yards
► Had a season-high three rushes for two yards at UCLA
► Rushed once for eight yards vs. Oregon State
► Posted a season-high and team season-high six kick returns for 87 yards at Oregon
► Other kick returns stats came vs. USC (5-96), at Washington (5-93), vs. Washington State (2-40), vs. Texas in the Holiday Bowl (2-39) and vs. Utah (1-9) as he spent most of the early portion of the season as one of the team’s primary kick returners
► Prior to the season was listed as the nation’s No. 13 running back recruit as well as the No. 13 overall Pac-12 recruit by Athlon, the No. 17 freshman running back according to Phil Steele and the No. 2 Cal recruit by Sporting News
► Also listed as a “Freshman Phenom” on a Fantasy Flash sidebar in Cal’s team section of Athlon’s season preview magazine
Full name is Brendan Will Bigelow
► Born July 12, 1992
► Father is Frank Bigelow
► Checked in as the nation's No. 11 running back/tailback in the 2011 recruiting class according to Rivals and Tom Lemming, No. 13 by ESPN and No. 32 according to Scout
► Listed as Rivals’ No. 176 player overall nationally and was the organization's No. 19 player overall in California
► A four-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals, as well as a three-star prospect of Scout


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