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By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 2:49 pm in Mid-week.

Here’s our story today, looking at how the Bears have handled their first loss of the season.

Also, Colorado St. has a player emerging at wide receiver.

One thing Jeff Tedford pointed out during Tuesday’s press luncheon is that the Rams like to throw the ball down the field. New coach Steve Fairchild spent the past four years as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, including two years with the Rams, who liked to take shots downfield in the passing game.

Tedford said Colorado St runs a lot of passing plays where the receivers will make double moves or run long routes, plays that could take a little bit longer to develop. That may be a chance for the Bears to get to quarterback Billy Farris.

“We’re hoping to apply some pressure,” Cal linebacker Worrell Williams said. “I don’t know how we’re going to get there, or how it’s going to come about, but our front seven is definitely going to try to apply a little bit of pressure. If they tend to go down field, we’re going to try to get after the quarterback a little bit.”

The Rams have allowed seven sacks in three games while Cal has registered six in three games.

“They do like to take shots down the field,” Cal linebacker Anthony Felder said. “They’re not really a dump-off team. It will be a good opporunity for us to get upfield and hopefully get some pressure. I don’t think we’ve had the success we’ve eanted at all this season with our pass rush. This will give us the opportunity to get upfield with a little bit of time.”

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  • Carlos

    Love your blog and good story on how the team is handling their first loss. You spoke about the leadership. I noticed in the Maryland game that Kevin Reilly didn’t give up. He was running up and down the sidelines shouting “its not over” and “lets go” He definitely seems like the leader on the offensive side of the ball right now. I like to see that from the quarterback. What do you think? Even though they lost the game, Kevin certainly seems to be coming into his own. If anything really worried me was the game plan. I’m not sure what Frank Cignetti was trying to do early on, but the run attack was non existent, and every screen pass was sniffed out quickly. It’s time to get a little less predictable.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Carlos, I agree that Riley has the potential to be a very good leader. He’s only a redshirt sophomore but he already is becoming that guy. You can tell he has the respect of his teammates.