Former Cal RB Christopher Brooks talks about his decision to transfer to BYU

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BYU Athletics announced on Wednesday the addition of former Cal running back Christopher Brooks. The 6-foot-1, 235 pound back amassed over 1,700 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in his four seasons with the Golden Bears.

Brooks was also a receiving threat out of the backfield in his time at Cal. as he totaled 50 receptions and 7 touchdowns. The do-it-all back joined Ben Criddle in an interview on ESPN 960 Wednesday to discuss why he chose BYU over the likes of Purdue, Notre Dame, Arizona State and San Diego State. .

“The opportunity here to just run the football, the opportunity to just be physical and to win football games That’s really all a running back or any football player can ask for,” Brooks said on ESPN 960. “To be somewhere where the Head Coach [Kalani] Sitake.. His main close is family and I’m all about that. You know, being from Oceanside, California, to be in a family setting is big to me.”

Before the 2021 season the grad transfer changed his last name from Brown to Brooks in honor of his mother Raquel Brooks.

“I did that to honor my mother and the great contributor she has been in my life throughout the years growing up, especially throughout my childhood,” Brooks said.

Brooks used his childhood upbringing to explain his style of play and why he likes to run with a chip on his shoulder.

“I think it’s been with me because growing up I have had a sense of just proving that I can create a better life for my family, being able to buy my mom a house and being able to represent the city of Oceanside,” Brooks said. “As you grow up you start to see the people who are behind you…when you’re onto bigger things, you understand it’s bigger than yourself.”

You can listen to the full interview with Christopher Brooks on ESPN 960 below.

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