November 5, 2007

Cal seeks strong stretch drive

Over the last month, Cal has seen its season take a drastic turn from where it was and it'll be foolish not to attribute at least a small part of that on the hampered right ankle of starting quarterback Nate Longshore. Saturday night, the junior signal caller was able to convince Bears coach Jeff Tedford that his ankle felt fine though, which was further evident by the play calling of the two-time coach of the year throughout Cal's 20-17 victory over Washington State.

The decision to start quarterback Longshore Saturday night came just moments before the game according to Tedford. Throughout practice all week leading up to the game, backup Kevin Riley was actually the player who was taking the majority of reps with the first team offense. This routine has been cycled through week-after-week ever since Longshore hurt his ankle late in the Bears' 31-24 victory over Oregon in late September.

As game time approached Saturday night though, Tedford felt confident enough in Longshore's ankle to give his junior the start.

"It was very close," Tedford said. "We were really watching Nate closely. I kept asking him how he felt and he said he was ready."

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