California running back commit Vic Enwere had never met his future quarterback -- Luke Rubenzer -- before arriving in Dallas, Tex., for the Blue and Grey All-American Game last week, but that didn't stop the two future Golden Bears from forming the core of the West's offensive onslaught at AT&T Stadium, which ended in a 41-7 thrashing.
"We got to speak all the time once we got down there, and we clicked automatically," Enwere said. "We have the same goals. We have the same passion for the game. Once we got out there and started practicing and working, off the bat, you could see that we were possibly the best two on the field, just working. Nobody could stop us."
Despite only having "one good, solid day of practice," thanks to a rain-soaked second day, Enwere said that, "in the end, we were still ready to go."
Go they did. Enwere started off Sunday's game with a bang, putting his West team up, 7-0, thanks to a halfback pass that went for a 46-yard touchdown, with more than 25 of those yards coming through the air, and the balance coming from some shifty yards-after-catch by Mason Sonnier out of Orangefield (Tex.).
And, to think, Enwere didn't even practice that play.
"We didn't really practice it; we kind of tried doing it during the walkthrough," Enwere said. "During the football season, I threw a touchdown pass, and in the spring before that, so I'm used to it. I told the coach I could do it, so he put it in and we ended up using it, and it worked out for the best. I hit the receiver in stride, he made a great catch and he did the rest."
From there, it was the Luke Rubenzer show. Enwere's fellow California commit spent much of the first half back of center, running a triple option play in the second quarter to set up a six-yard touchdown pass to Richard Doctor of Lemoore (Calif.) to break a 7-7 tie.
"I didn't get to catch a pass from him, but we ran some option together – he pitched it to me and handed it off to me," Enwere said. "It worked."
Later in the second quarter, Rubenzer extended the lead to 21-7 on a 63-yard scoring strike to Hawaii commit Devan Stubblefield.
"He plays so big and plays so strong at the quarterback position," Enwere said of his future teammate. "He's a prolific type of player. Size doesn't necessarily matter. He's a playmaker. That's what matters."
Enwere was back in the spotlight after the half, leading off the third quarter with a 42-yard touchdown rumble, staking the West to a 28-7 lead, en route to a 41-7 route of the East at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Tex.
It was fitting that the pair of future Golden Bears accounted for each of the West's first four scores, as the two formed a close bond throughout the week – a bond which, Enwere said, strengthened his commitment.
"It helped a lot," Enwere said. "You have to like the people you're around. You have to be able to work with the people you're around, because you're going to be spending so many hours out of the week with them, so you've got to like who you're with. That helped somewhat in furthering my commitment. It was a good deal."
Michigan came heavy on Enwere just before the dead period began earlier this month, with TCU, UCLA "here and there," Enwere said, as well as Boise State, but two in-home visits by the Cal staff sent Enwere into the month-long quiet period with a good feeling, even after a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Coach [Tony] Franklin, coach [Pierre] Ingram, coach [Mark] Tommerdahl came, and then coach Tommerdahl came again," Enwere said.
Getting to play on the Dallas Cowboys' home turf was a special treat for the Sugarland (Tex.) Stephen F. Austin standout, who tallied over 2,300 all-purpose yards, 34 touchdowns, and not a single fumble.
"The atmosphere was great," Enwere said. "Hearing the echo in the stadium, hearing the crowd, it was amazing. To get the opportunity to play one more game that was somewhat meaningful, it was a great opportunity and a wonderful experience."
Enwere will make his official visit to Berkeley the same weekend as Rubenzer, on Jan. 24.
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