Some of you have been asking about the starting lineup, since training camp is essentially over and preparation for Michigan State has begun. Here you go.


QB Kevin Riley

TB Jahvid Best

FB Will Ta’ufo’ou

WR Michael Calvin, Sean Young, LaReylle Cunningham

TE Cameron Morrah

LT Chet Teofilo

LG Chris Guarnero

C Alex Mack

RG Noris Malele

RT Mitchell Schwartz



DE Rulon Davis, Tyson Alualu

NT Derrick Hill OR Mika Kane

OLB Zack Follett, Eddie Young

MLB Worrell Williams, Anthony Felder

CB Syd’Quan Thompson, Chris Conte OR Darian Hagan

ROV Marcus Ezeff

FS Bernard  Hicks



K David Seawright

P Bryan Anger



HOLDER Brock Mansion

LS Nick Sundberg


A couple of notes: It remains to be seen how soon Mike Tepper will rejoin the offensive line. Jeff Tedford has all but said Tepper won’t start the opener, so this is the composition of the O-line for now. Tepper was supposed to start at left tackle this season with Teofilo at right tackle. With Teofilo and Schwartz playing well, you might see some rotation on the line once Tepper gets healthy. … Nothing has been made official with the wide receivers, but those are the starters based on recent practices. … The Bears continue to use several punt and kick returners at practice. I think Syd’Quan Thompson is the favorite to return punts, but his sprained shoulder has kept him out for awhile. Best should be the top kick returner.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • rickstarr

    Color me underwhelmed with that wide receiving corps

  • moreNCsarecoming

    7 new starters on the offense doesn’t look to me like a scoring machine in the happening.

    Even with returning starters in many spots the defense can only hope to hold back the offensives they will be seeing including Javon Ringer with MSU, USC’s and Oregon’s weapons, Locker, Tuitama, Carpenter. Even cupcakes like Stanford and PUCLA will put up the total offense.

  • Tony

    JO, thanks for the update. A couple items that I was curious about:

    1) I’ve heard so many good things about Marvin Jones, despite his being a true frosh. Any indication that he’ll get playing time this year, and if so, how much?

    2) Am I right in assuming that Jahvid’s days as a gunner are over now? And has there been anyone else to stand out in that regard?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work, as always —

  • Steve in Concord

    While I was looking forward to seeing Boateng and Ross, I’m actually really happy to see Young and Cunningham get their opportunity. Even though they are both Seniors, Tedford wasn’t handing out jobs based on length of service, so they must have played very well to beat out Ross, Boateng and Jones.

    After the disaster of last years season, I think this year’s team will be highly motivated and won’t be taking any opponents for granted. Having Riley as the QB will give the team a feeling of a fresh new start. Beating MSU would be a big confidence booster. Can’t wait till the 30th!

  • Moscow Doug

    To pile on the WR comments, I was surprised to see who you thought were the top three, based on your previous comments. You had mentioned repeatedly that Young looked strong, but I thought it nearly impossible that none of Ross, Boetang, and Jones would land in the top 3 at this point. Since you have access we don’t, JO, would you mind ranking the 6 by explosiveness? I’m just curious what you’ve seen during fall camp, and who you think could earn time on the field with some more experience. I don’t mean to knock the seniors; i just expected more of a youth movement at WR.

  • Steve in Concord

    Here’s an interesting question to ponder and weigh in on. Cal is currently ranked by the various polls between 28th and 41st. 28th by ESPN and 35th by USA Today. Would a convincing win by Cal (14 ponts or more) over MSU vault them into the top 25? Considering many teams play their openers against cream-puffs, a strong performance by Cal against a well-regarded MSU team should count
    for something and some top 25 teams will surely lose their games. What if we start 3-0? What would our ranking be then? Take a guess!

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Tony, I think Jones will definitely get some playing time. I think Tedford is defering to the experienced players as of now. If it’s apparent the Bears need to try something else, Jones will be ready.
    Best is definitely out as gunner. They’ve been trying out several guys there in camp. I don’t think a decision has been made yet.

  • Robert

    Thanks J.O. I’m not worried about the offense one bit. Riley and or Longshore will be better than Longshore of last year. As solid as Forsett was, I will take the upside of Best, Vereen and Will T. The O-Line, I think, can be better this year with Mack and Malele as seniors and the promise of Schwartz and Guarnero. That’s better than last year’s group. Morrah will be excellent and is not being considered enough as people talk about the inexperience of the receivers. Also, Best and Vereen will be catching a lot of passes. Overall, I say this group performs better than last year’s group. I see the question being whether the D can stop power runners.

  • Steve in Concord

    Here’s a question I really would like to get some feedback on. What happens if Riley slips that tackle and runs into the end zone for a dramatic win against Oregon State, making Cal the #1 team in the Country? Does Tedford now go with Riley or does he go back to Nate? Does an energized Cal go on to great things or was the crash-and-burn inevitable? Ever wonder what could have been if only….?

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey JO,
    Did Sean Young attend spring camp? I don’t recall him being mentioned, so I’m really surprised he is a starter. Still, he obviously earned it. Congrats, to the 2 Young brothers! Go Bears!

  • N8Bear

    J.O. I’d like to bring up a question I asked a few weeks about the run game. Our backs seem great–at least in the print we’ve been reading. Can you ask Tedford and Gregory what they think. Are our backs that good, or is our defense that porous

  • Steve in Concord

    I think that DeSean Jackson kid just might do okay with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a 76 yard punt return for a TD and led Eagles receivers with 4 catches for 67 yards. Aaron Rodgers also had a good game against the Broncos, going 18-22 and 194 yards with a TD pass. Justin Forsett should get lots of carries in this coming Monday Night Football game as the Seahawks need to make a decision on his making the team.

  • Steve in Concord


    Tedford said he was happy with the depth at RB and said both Best and Vereen were “explosive backs”. I think Tedford is trying to keep our RB’s and receivers somewhat “under Wraps”. MSU isn’t familiar with them so why hype them up and put them on their radar. The “wraps” will come off soon enough anyway.

  • Steve in Concord

    2007 Cal-Oregon game on ESPNU 11PM-2AM.

  • sy horowitz

    So jonathan, What do you think of the newly appointed placekicker missing 2 out of 3 ‘pressure’ kicks today?

  • Big D

    Cal fan day was cool. I didn’t see Longshore there. Riley had his own signature table.
    J.O. any insight on Longshore’s absence? I realize not every player was there, but one would figure Longshore would have been there since technically he is in the mix still. I heard somebody joke that he was in Northern Alabama looking to join Schneider there. What’s going on with him?

  • Big D

    One thing I noticed was that Felder and Follett seemed to look even bigger than last season. Rulon looked freakin HUGE! I think he’ll do some serious damage on defense this year. All three of those guys seem NFL ready.

  • Big D

    Do you know why Bishop has a cast on his wrist? Maybe you mentioned it before, but it didn’t look good.

  • Steve in Concord

    Big D–

    I think it’s safe to assume that Tedford excused Longshore from the Fan Day event. It’s possible he just blew it off, but if participation was mandatory, that doesn’t sound like something Nate would do.