Isi Sofele

Dreams from my father

Isi Sofele’s father never had a chance to attend college and play football, so he quit his job and trained his kids. Now his son is Cal’s starting running back and living his father’s dream.

When Isi Sofele was 11 years old, he made it to nationals in track. There was just one problem — it cost $1,200 to go. Sofele had one question: How much would it cost to bring his whole family too? “He knew money was an issue for us,” his mother
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Sean Cattouse

Basic instinct

Sean Cattouse left his home at quarterback to travel across the country to play defense for Cal. Now a senior leading the secondary, Cattouse knows his instincts didn’t lead him astray.

It’s December 2006 and Sean Cattouse is stranded in a hotel room over 1,800 miles from his home. This is not how he envisioned his official visit to a school that had shown interest in him for several months. His player sponsor, Brandon Jones, is nowhere to be found and
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Homecoming 2011 Feature Photos: Zach Maynard, Isi Sofele, Sean C

Guess who’s Zach

Zach Maynard's stats won't blow anyone away, but the junior transfer has still changed the face of the Cal football team.

Zach Maynard’s favorite memory involves snow — lots of snow. It was a cold North Carolina winter, and he and his brother, Keenan, were playing in their grandmother’s backyard. A cardboard box was lying around, so they broke it down into makeshift snowboards to see who could slide down the
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Jonathan Kuperberg

USC wide receiver not dead wood

Following a losing season in 2010 and in the midst of a 2011 campaign that doesn’t seem that much more promising, Cal football fans can still take solace in one person — Keenan Allen. The sophomore wide receiver has lived up to his five-star billing so far in the season’s
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10.13.football.vinget

Bears’ defense not out of Woods just yet

With one of the conference’s most prolific offenses coming to town in the middle of the week, the Cal defense has to complete one task: not get lost in the Woods. Playing on its second consecutive Thursday night, the Cal football team (3-2, 0-2 in the Pac-12) welcomes USC —
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Oregon quarterback  Darron Thomas completed 13 of 25 attempts. He threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 6

NORTH DIVISION No. 1: Stanford (5-0, 3-0) It wasn’t a surprise that the Cardinal beat Colorado on Saturday. Nor was the margin, 48-7, a surprise either. Stanford continues to steamroll every team it plays and, well, the Buffaloes don’t exactly inspire fear, especially on the road. Andrew Luck played like
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Conference Questions

Does Arizona have the worst defense in the Pac-12? In short, yes, and it’s really not close. The Wildcats have been bad on both sides of the ball in 2011, but the defense has been especially terrible. The squad is surrendering 37.5 points per game and is allowing almost 500
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10.07.football.VINGET

Ducks take flight in second half to crush Bears

EUGENE, Ore. — After being obliterated 48-14 at USC last season, a beleaguered Jeff Tedford told reporters that he was proud that his team “won the second half” after trailing by 42 points at halftime. While Tedford did not proclaim a first-half victory in Thursday night’s 43-15 loss at the hands
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