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Stanford's Andrew Luck runs 58 yards on a keeper in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. on Saturday, November 20, 2010. The Stanford Cardinal played the Cal Bears. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News)

Cal safety Sean Cattouse occupies an unwanted spot on Andrew Luck's highlight film.

It happened in the first quarter of last year's Big Game, as Luck took off running on a third-down scramble. Cattouse closed in on the Stanford quarterback in the open field, and Luck delivered a blow that knocked Cattouse to the turf as Luck continued on his way to a 58-yard gain.

The made-for-YouTube moment was replayed often as Luck emerged as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Cattouse had no interest in reliving the play, but there were lots of reminders.

"Obviously I got a lot of jokes," Cattouse said Tuesday. "It's fun and games, I guess it happens. I'm just more sickened with myself and how I went about trying to tackle him. It just looked like nothing I've ever done before."

The soft-spoken senior leader of Cal's defense came across as sincere when he said he hasn't dwelled on the play. But he looks forward to a better showing from himself and his defensive teammates when the Bears visit Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

The Cardinal rolled up 467 total yards in last year's 48-14 victory in Berkeley.

If Cattouse encounters Luck in the open field again, expect the safety to employ better fundamentals. He said he hit Luck way too high on last year's play and didn't wrap him up.

As a result, Cattouse found himself on the wrong end of one of the more memorable Big Game snapshots in recent memory.

"That's long past," he said. "I'm just focused on winning and being effective this game."

  • Cal linebacker D.J. Holt did not hide his feelings when the topic of Stanford's unofficial mascot, The Tree, came up during a group session with reporters.

    "I dislike The Tree," Holt said with a smile. "I've seen some really good mascots, and I just don't understand the Cardinal and the Tree. I don't understand it. But I mean, hey, that's what they do."

    For the record, the "Cardinal" name is in reference to one of the school colors.

    The Tree is not an official mascot but a member of the Stanford Band, according to the school's website. It's representative of the Redwood tree that is the logo of the city of Palo Alto.

  • Left guard Brian Schwenke said he's showing no lingering effects from a kidney problem that hospitalized him and kept him out of Cal's Nov. 5 game against Washington State.

    Schwenke said he experienced severe pain through his midsection in the days leading up to that game. An ultrasound showed no damage structurally, but a blood test indicated his kidneys weren't functioning properly. No reason was given.

    Subsequent blood tests over the past week have shown his kidneys are back to full strength, he said. He returned to the lineup Saturday against Oregon State.