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Coaching, QB, etc.

Posted by Eric | March 26, 2006 at 3:11 pm | In Coaches, Quarterback | No Comments

An article in The Contra Costa Times has some news tidbits to check out:

Coach Jeff Tedford is keeping busy this spring break. He’s visiting Florida and West Virginia to observe their practices - both programs that implement the spread offense. It looks like he is serious about putting together some form of the spread. Also, Tedford is interviewing candidates for a new defensive backs coach (former DB coach J.D. Williams left to Washington).

Starting QB Nate Longshore is reported to still have “a little bit of a limp”, although it seems more habitual than indicative of pain. He’s looking more confident than ever in practice.

Also, OT Mike Tepper is back as first-string on the depth chart. He was the guy who missed all of last season after getting run over by a car. EDIT 4/7/2006: Read an article on him here.

Cal’s QB receives more media attention

Posted by Eric | March 24, 2006 at 4:13 pm | In Quarterback, Ranks/Predictions, Spread | No Comments

Nate Longshore is gracing the front page of ESPN’s College Football site. It appears as if our QB is one of the big question marks in college football right now.

ESPN.com says: Cal should be one of the nation’s best teams in 2006. The Golden Bears have a stingy defense, two impressive tailbacks and downfield threats at wide receiver. But who starts at quarterback? Coach Jeff Tedford has four candidates to choose from this spring.

Nothing much is new in the corresponding article; it rehashes Longshore’s unfortunate history, this season’s QB battle, and the introduction of Mike Dunbar’s spread to the offense.

However, it does note that “this could be a top-10 team… if things work out at quarterback.” Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Longshore named starter for Spring

Posted by Eric | March 21, 2006 at 5:51 pm | In Quarterback | 2 Comments

This season’s QB competition has begun. Nate Longshore has gotten the starting nod again to begin Spring practice. He started last season only to be injured in the first game.

Looks like Tedford named him that by default, and the resulting winner could be any of the candidates (Longshore, last season’s disappointing Joe Ayoob, backup Nate Levy, and redshirt freshman Kyle Reed). See article in SF Chronicle for more info.
Our QB battle was recently named #4 in the Top 10 spring QB battles by ESPN columnist Bruce Feldman. He noted that while last season Ayoob “flopped”, Levy was fearless relieving him but didn’t “throw a pretty ball”. The wildcard will be Reed, who he describes as raw but showing good skills.

EDIT 3/29/2006: Longshore has also been picked as the winner of the QB battle in the #6 Top 30 Quarterback Battles on Fox Sports. Check it out.

Offense getting “tweaked” to spread

Posted by Eric | March 20, 2006 at 3:32 pm | In Spread | No Comments

New offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar (hired from Northwestern) is wasting no time in updating the Bears’ offense.

The Mercury News is reporting that while Tedford’s offense isn’t getting a total overhaul, it is definitely receiving some “wrinkles” from Dunbar’s spread expertise. View the article here.

Also, AP also has an article detailing this:

Associated Press says: Although the Bears won’t abandon Tedford’s effective running game, they’ll spend the spring installing some aspects of the spread offense in the Bears’ game plan. Tedford, who played in spread offenses while he was a CFL quarterback, hopes to turn Cal into one of the nation’s most versatile offensive teams, able to run a spread-out passing game and Tedford’s more traditional running attack on consecutive downs.

And you thought Lynch was hard to tackle during his sophomore season. Imagine being a defense that doesn’t know whether Lynch will run the ball, catch a pass or line up as a receiver. I’m excited to see the strengths of Tedford’s balanced pass/run attack melded in with some of the spread. This should be a great season…

Cal’s defense projected Pac-10’s best in 2006

Posted by Eric | March 14, 2006 at 1:21 pm | In Defense | 2 Comments

It looks like Cal will be strong on both sides of the ball this upcoming season. ESPN is speculating that Cal will have the Pac-10’s best defense in 2006:

ESPN.com says: California figures to have the best defensive front seven in the Pac-10 next fall. Why? Tons of talent and depth. Of the 14 members on the two-deep depth chart heading into the Las Vegas Bowl, only one — starting linebacker Ryan Foltz — is gone.

You can view the whole article here.

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