Best’s Last Hope

Cal’s game against USC on Saturday could make or break Jahvid Best’s Heisman hopes.

Obviously, the Bears need to win, but I also think Best needs to get well over 100 yards and have some highlight reel runs to really jump back into contention.

One issue that has not been discussed is his health.  Since the second half of the Minnesota game, Best has not looked as explosive as he did before.  I surmise it is because of soreness in his surgically-repaired foot.  However, this is not something that has been revealed, mostly I think due to Jeff Tedford’s penchant for secrecy.

If I’m Tedford, I rest Best all week and make sure that foot is 100 percent.  Having a 5-10, 195-pound back in there who can’t outrun people is almost pointless.

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