By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm in media luncheon.
Here’s a bit more from yesterday’s weekly press luncheon:
–Cal center Alex Mack, on playing against Washington’s senior-laden defensive front: “We’re not going to trick them that easily. They’re going to know football. We’re going to have to play well. If you make a mistake, they’re going to capitalize on it.”
When Mack was asked what advice he would give to the new players making their first road trip this weekend, he said: “My first (road) start was Tennessee. I couldn’t hear myself think. That was intense.”
–Tight end Cameron Morrah talked a little more about his catch Saturday on a pass when Kevin Riley looked like he was being sacked. “I actually thought he had crossed the line of scrimmage. I thought he was running. I was trying to come back and get a block or something. I saw the ball in the air, I was like ‘Oh!’ I just came back for it.”
Morrah also talked Tuesday about his improved attention to blocking. Morrah has always been considered a terrific pass-catching tight end but the belief heading into the season is he had to improve on the physical aspect of playing at the line of scrimmage.
“I’m getting a little more comfortable with it,” Morrah said. “Before, it just wasn’t part of my game. It didn’t have to be. Now that i’m stepping into that starting role, I can’t be just a one-dimensional player out there or else teams are going to really key down on me if I’m just coming in to run a route. My blocking has to continue to grow.”
And does Morrah like that aspect of playing tight end? “I have to like it,” he said. “If it’s going to get more reps for me out on the field and more experience, it’s all better for me.”
–Kevin Riley talked a little bit more about the disappointment of hearing fans boo Nate Longshore: “I remember my first game I ever went to at Cal it was Joe (Ayoob) against USC. From the first pass he threw, they were booing him,” Riley said. “I was like, ‘God, I hope that’s not me.’ (Longshore) goes to school here and represents the school. It didn’t go his way.
“Yeah, they can be upset because bad things happen, but it’s tough going through that. Nate went through a lot last year as well. Nate is a strong kid so I don’t think it will bother him that much.”
Riley also said he’d like to say hi to former Cal running back James Montgomery while the team is at WSU. Montgomery transferred to Washington St. in the spring.
“James is a good guy,” Riley said. “I hope he’s having a good time there. I wish he was still here.”