March 16, 2007

Spring Spotlight; Justin Forsett

Looking ahead to the 2007 football season, one of the top returning running backs in the country is Justin Forsett. Though he played alongside 2006 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year Marshawn Lynch, Forsett still looms in the shadows nationally. But that will change in 2007. It would be tough to find a player more motivated than Forsett.

As most Cal fans know, Forsett has never had a true 1,000 yard season. In 2005, he fell a single-yard short of the goal. To inspire himself on game day, Forsett actually writes the numbers "999" on his wrist, ensuring that every touch represents a chance to get another yard.

Despite the fact that he doesn't officially have a 1,000 yard season in his career, Forsett's statistics can top nearly every running back in the country during his outstanding Cal career. Based upon his NCAAsports.com statistics, which include 36 Games, 262 Rushing Attempts, and 1674 yards, Forsett has averaged a staggering 6.38 yards per carry.

Factoring every returning running back in the country that has over 150 career rushing attempts and played last season, Forsett's 6.38 yards per carry not only leads the Pac-10, it ranks No. 2 nationally.

Certainly, his career yards per attempt average is something that would make any running back proud. But right now, its back to basics for Forsett as Cal begins anew with Spring Ball.

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