BERKELEY -- California rushed just 22 times for 82 net yards -- and only 21 yards in the first half -- against San Diego State last week.
"The state of the running game is 100 percent intact," Enwere said, in a rather restrained tone, during Tuesday's press conference. "We have the talent in the room. We did what we needed to do against San Diego State. We took what the defense gave us."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1706877-scouting-the-oppon... Quarterback Davis Webb, in throwing a school-record 72 times against the Aztecs, did check out of several run plays, which may be the cause for some of Enwere's consternation, particularly when those happened against five-man boxes.
When that happened, though, San Diego State was showing coverage against which Webb knew he could get yards in the air,.
All that being said, Cal has dropped back to throw the ball 130 times to 53 designed runs this year. For a team whose offensive line and running back corps were said before the season to be strengths, that can't keep happening, especially against the Longhorns, who, last season allowed an average of 219.2 yards per game on the ground on defense -- 111th in the nation.
"I thought Vic ran the ball really well in his opportunities," said running backs coach Garret Chachere of Enwere's 72 yard on 10 carries against the Aztecs. "He really showed he was ready to play the other night. In the third quarter, I thought we got in a groove. The way the game went, we were down three scores, and we're already a passing team."
Enwere, personally, has plenty of motivation to play against Texas, which recruited him out of Missouri City (Tex.) Fort Bend Austin, coming in with an offer two weeks before National Signing Day. By that time, Enwere was already set with the Bears. "That," Enwere said, "was that."
"I didn't really have a college team growing up, but UT did run the state," Enwere said. "I was more of a competitor. I didn't watch too much. I just wanted to play the game ... It is something special. You grow up with a lot of those guys, and you grow up with that Longhorn mentality around the state. It's definitely something personal for me. I'm very excited to play this game. This is one of the games that was circled on my personal calendar."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1707226-bttv-jake-spavital... Texas's 4-3 base (they will go to 3-3-5 upon occasion) will bring plenty of heat on the running game, led by linebacker Malik Jefferson.
"Malik is very athletic," Webb said. "He's one of the most athletic linebackers in that league. I watched him on film at Texas Tech, and I have nothing but respect for Malik Jefferson. They were young last year, and this is year two in that scheme, and you can tell on film that they've jumped to a whole 'nother level. We've got to play our A game, because if we don't, they'll get after us."
The last time the Longhorns allowed a team to gain over 600 yards of offense, it was the Bears who put up 650. The last time Texas allowed a team to rush for a 70-yard gain was Khalfani Muhammad last year. In that game, the Bears rushed for 280 total yards.
"They're athletic, aggressive kids," Chachere said. "They do a lot. They've just grown. You look at them, and I didn't coach [running backs] last year, but I've watched the film from last year. They look like they've grown. They're better players, they're more comfortable in the scheme, which means they're more relaxed in the scheme, and they go ahead and they're playing better. They're playing with confidence."null