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Come together

Strength coach Mike Blasquez has brought a new philosophy to the Bears, and they are stronger for it.

When the Cal football team practices, nearly every member of the team dresses in similar fashion. Each player dons a polyester shirt; it might be blue, white or black, perhaps sleeveless, but the same words stretch over every chest: TEAM MATTERS. So the Bears are uniformed now, even out of
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No fear

Freshman cornerback Stefan McClure's rough performance against Oregon on national TV did not deter him. He came back the next week and helped shut down Robert Woods.

At two and a half, Stefan McClure had already learned how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. In the following few years, the future Cal cornerback became something of a daredevil. One time, he rode his bike down a hill with no hands. He crashed, of course, and scraped
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The route less traveled

Cal wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau went from Corporate America to a series of college football teams before resettling in Berkeley.

Eight minutes. A decent amount of time to show up before an appointment or the amount of time for a daily abs workout if you purchase videos from infomercials. It should take you about eight minutes to read this story. It’s 10:18 a.m. The air horn blares and practice ends.
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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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