BERKELEY -- Running back Brendan Bigelow, among as many as a half-dozen potential starters who will miss Cal football spring workouts because of injury, said he will be at full strength in time for fall camp.
Bigelow, expected to become a starter, had surgery late last month to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee -- the same knee in which he underwent two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries while in high school.
"It's feeling good, like I could go ahead and run a 40 right now. I really want to play," Bigelow said.
By August? "Full capacity. Full throttle," he said.
The Bears begin their first spring practices under new coach Sonny Dykes on Monday. Workouts will run four straight weeks, climaxing with the March 23 spring game.
Dykes said he is not worried about Bigelow's health.
"Believe it or not, kind of an unrelated injury," Dykes said. "It's really not that big of an injury. Pretty minor surgery. He's one of those guys we could probably push him a little and he could participate in the back end of spring, but we're not going to."
Bigelow rushed for 431 yards on just 44 carries last season, including 160 yards in a breakout performance at Ohio State.
"Based on what I saw last year, he's a big-play guy. I think that's what we all saw," Dykes said. "The knock on him, maybe, is he was a little inconsistent. He's certainly a guy we're going to try to figure out a way to get him the football."
Dykes said Bigelow will have no trouble learning the new spread offense, even while missing spring ball.
"Running back's the spot that guys can come in and play the easiest," he said. "It requires probably the most skill, but from an assignment standpoint it's one of the easier positions to play."
Other players to sit out spring ball because of injuries: OL Chris Adcock (shoulder), TE Spencer Hagan (knee), WR Chris Harper (shoulder), RB Daniel Lasco (shoulder), LB/DE Chris McCain (shoulder), TE Richard Rodgers (shoulder), LB/DE Brennan Scarlett (hand) and DE Sione Sina (knee).