Cal Notes

Understatement of the day from Jahvid Best:

“I like to think I’m one of the fastest players in the Pac-10”.

Uh, yeah.

Jeff Tedford on Best and his Heisman campaign:

“Jahvid is a team-above-self guy all the way.  He knows the team is No. 1.  He is so sincere about that, I don’t have any problems with keeping the Heisman stuff hush-hush.  But that’s not our goal as a team and it’s not Jahvid’s No. 1 goal.  Our team has a great deal of respect for him.”

Jeff Tedford’s expectations of Kevin Riley

“Consistency.  If we are going to achieve our goals, we must be consistent in the passing game.  Kevin has matured a lot.  He’s taking the first snap at camp next week.  He has worked hard to become more efficient and consistent.”

Something tells me he’s not totally sold on Riley.  It’s almost as if he’s hoping that Brock Mansion or Bo Sweeney can seize the mantle at quarterback. 

What’s the deal with Tedford’s new-found confusion at quarterback?  After producing an amazing string of quarterback successes at both Oregon and Cal over the last 10 years (Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Kyle Boller, Aaron Rodgers), he’s been mired in mediocrity with guys like Joe Ayoob, Nate Longshore and Riley.  Can he get the magic back?

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2 Responses to Cal Notes

  1. DG July 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Chris, did you read Tedford’s comments on Best and the Heisman as a shot at DeSean Jackson’s attitude? Most people in the room seemed split on whether it was.

  2. HP July 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    I didn’t see it that way at all. I can’t imagine Tedford would still have Jackson on his mind, who has been gone for a couple years.