Caldwell ready to fight through the pain

After putting up decent numbers in 2009, Chaffey WR Brandon Caldwell (6-1, 182) was expected to be a marked man this fall, but because of a sprained knee he's struggled to be the explosive playmaker many hoped he would be. However, he's fighting through the pain and spoke with recently and things including where things stand as far as recruiting is concerned...

"Last week I sprained my right knee, but I didn't miss any time," Caldwell admitted to recently. "They wanted me to go in and have it looked at, but I was like 'no, you tape it up because I'm going back in and I played the rest of the game.

"Afterward, it was pretty painful and it swelled up on me and I'm just waiting to see how it heals up this week to see what ends up happening."

As a freshman last fall, Caldwell played in eight games, posting 31 receptions for 450 yards and five touchdowns while earning Honorable Mention All-Conference honors for his efforts.

"I can do whatever my coaches want me to do," Caldwell noted. "I can go across the middle, get down the field because I have good speed (4.4); I can block well and I'm becoming more physical as I get stronger."

So far this fall, the talented wideout leads the Panthers with 20 receptions, but he's only amassed 170 yards and he said that's attributed to defenses rolling coverages to his side of the field.

"A lot of double-coverage and stuff has been coming my way, but that's just opened things up for the other wide receivers," Caldwell said.

On the recruiting front, Caldwell said he continues to here from Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, New Mexico State, Wisconsin and Oregon State who all were recruiting him over the summer.

"I don't have any offers yet, but some schools are interested," Caldwell said. "I'm just going out every week and trying to play well and I figure the rest will take care of itself."

Caldwell said he's on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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