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Football: Wednesday night update

Looking at the offensive line Wednesday night, it was hard to believe this is the same team that lined up against Michigan State for its opener. Center Alex Mack was the only starter taking first team reps that did so at the beginning of the season. Donovan Edwards took reps at right tackle for the injured Chet Teofilo and Matt Laird, and Justin Cheadle took reps at right guard for Noris Malele. Malele has a sprained ankle, but coach Jeff Tedford said he will play on Saturday.

Also, it looks as though Pac-10 Player of the Week Mike Mohamed will get his first start of the season and second of his career. This is not surprising. Not only is Mohamed playing well, the strength of his game is his speed, which is an asset against Oregon’s spread offense. Mohamed will replace Eddie Young in the starting lineup.

Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore continue to split first team reps, but there is nothing happening to suggest Riley’s status as starter will change. Both have looked sharp in practice.

The Bears got a brief scare when wide receiver went down hard after making a terrific, acrobatic catch. He missed a short period of practice then returned. Tucker had an excellent practice, which is becoming commonplace.

Tedford said even though Jahvid Best is starting to feel closer to 100 percent, he still won’t re-assume kick return duties this week. Jeremy Ross will continue in that role.

Speaking of Best, he said the injury that is affecting him is actually to his left foot, not his ankle. He said it’s getting closer to 100 percent but still a little sore. He said his elbow feels “perfect.”

I posted earlier about Mack being named one of the finalists for the Drabby Award, given to the top football scholar-athlete in the country. It’s considered a pretty prestigious award.

“It’s so deserving for a guy who ahs been so accountable and responsible in all areas of his life, when it comes to academics, football, socially. It couldn’t happen to a better guy. He’s exactly what you want, a well-rounded person.”

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.

  • Mustang man

    Jonathon, thanks for the info. Good to hear that Tucker continues to impress. Who was the wr that got hurt briefly?

  • Calduke

    During the past weeks I’ve been reading that Kevin Riley needs to be playing as he is the QB of the future. What about Brock Mansion? If the future is a justifiction then Brock should be in there. He is was a top rated QB from Texas. Is he aware that he is being groomed to be Riley’s backup until his senior.
    Brock has 3 years left and he might be looking for better options than backup.

    Oregon will be tough and I hope the Bears can hang in there until late in the game and then then get a break.

  • Jan K Oski

    I too would like to know who the mystery WR is behind door #1. I’m betting it was blue-shirt who isn’t in the mix.

    CalDuke, Brock will get his chance without a doubt in ’11. Won’t we be enjoying the beauty of the SAHPC that year for the first-time? Of course, that will be his Senior year, but that’s the chance you take in college. Still, nothing is set in stone. Did anyone think Riley would have unseated Longshore after the ’06 season?

    Go Bears!

  • Calduke

    Jan K Oski – I would not have brought up the subject of Riley/Mansion except that Riley is consistently, inconsistent and is the next Longshore frustration.
    The current QB situation is a problem and I guess it will be for the upcoming 2 years.

  • Calgator96

    The way things have gone with Riley this year I don’t know how anybody could suggest that Mansion won’t have a hell of an opportunity to compete for and win the starting job NEXT year. It has been my theory all along that Tedford knows Mansion is his guy moving forward (although he is not quite ready to be playing this yr as a redshirt frosh) and that is a big reason why he (JT) doesn’t care about the “if all things are equal then play the younger guy” mantra. Tedford likely believes Mansion will win the job from Riley anyway and therefore he isn’t just going to give the reigns to Riley this yr so easily, like many of us would have thought he would have. Anyway, just a theory. But I see no way Mansion transfers knowing he could be the #1 guy in ’09.

  • Oskiudnker

    I spoke to a kid who films videos for the team and he said no way is Mansion ready and we would be very dissapointed if he had to play. Basically he takes no reps and just watches as Beau Sweeney runs the Scout team. No Mansion, is probably not better than Riley.

  • Guavaman

    Heaping all of the blame on the QBs is just silly. Sure, Riley and Longshore have been inconsistent, but the WRs aren’t just very good. The same thing happened to Aaron Rodgers–a good QB who, for a time here, underperformed due to underperforming WRs.

  • Tony Milano

    Riley’s not going anywhere when Mansion comes into the picture next year. The Offensive line is better off with Teofilo out…Mark those words. Even though the JC kid is fresh off the boat! Congrats to Mohammed for getting the start! His leverage and speed will and has been a huge benefit for the Bears this year! My only main concern for the D. Is the Ntackle position..we get no penetration or double team and we’re in trouble with the Ducks running ability and then they can stretch the field rapidly w the pass! Jeremy Ross is going to have a big game..I think the light came on for the kid last week when he got actually prime minutes in the spotlight and I think it popped for him! Looking forward to him going balls out and then spreading that energy to the other WR’s on the team!!! Go Bears!

  • milo

    Despite the QB questions, at least Tedford has been able to recruit top QBs…and there seems to be a top 10 recruit coming in every other year. That’s a pretty good place to be despite the current uncertainty.

    Any way, there was a quote from Tedford recently about how Aaron Rodgers tweaked expectations and raised the bar for all other QBs (an explanation on him being too harsh on Riley). I think Cal football rolls again when Tedford gets a QB that can play to his standards..and if the D can hold up its end.

  • Jan K Oski

    Congrats to Mohamed for earning the start…

    CalDuke, Could you give us a list of the similarities and the differences between Kevin and Nate? That’s a rhetorical question. There are some many differences, good and bad, that your label of Riley as the next Longshore doesn’t deserve a response. Read up before you voice such nonsense. Tedford was extremely pleased with Riley’s play in the last game after he watched the film. When has Tedford ever done that? You just need to know two words: Ball Control.

    Go Bears!

  • Kyle

    The two words I like are: Ball Security.

    Ball Security = Kevin Riley

    Brock Mansion = Wait your turn

    2011 = Alan Bridgeford

  • Cal85bear

    What happened to WR young?

  • http://gogreenyellow@yahoo.com Ryan

    Here come the DUCKS!!! You better bring the first aid kit. The Ducks are gonna put a hurtin on ya!

  • http://gogreenyellow@yahoo.com Ryan

    I say 42-10 Ducks!!

  • Mike W.

    “Cal85Bear” asks a very good question . . . What happened to WR Sean Young in the UCLA game?

    Young only had one catch for 4 yards, while Jeremy Ross had 3-44 and Nyan Boateng 2-67. This is a far cry from the 6-55 showing down in Tucson against Arizona. Could he be nursing an injury?

    By the end of the season, I really think that Verran Tucker will see more playing time. I was very impressed watching his Juco scouting film last Summer. Too bad he missed so much time trying to get his grades up, otherwise I think he would be one of our “go-to” guys at WR.

    On another note, I was puzzled as to why Nate was not given the opportunity to get into the last several minutes of the UCLA game for “mop-up” duty . . . I speculated that the disc in his back has flared up again; otherwise he should have seen playing time against the Bruins.

    Hope Donovan has the game of his life against the Ducks, and Noris Malele’s ankle is feeling stronger! We really need a solid effort on the O-Line this Saturday!

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Mustang, sorry about the omission. I was referring to Verran Tucker.

  • Mark

    Fellows:

    Good luck to all of you from a Duck fan. I simply can’t remember a game of ours where I truly don’t see an overall advantage for either team. There are strengths and weaknesses, but overall I just don’t see a real edge either way. It seems every edge I fine has an equal counter balance in this one. Half the writers up here are picking Cal the other half the Ducks. Vegas has you guys by 3, so I guess that makes us the underdogs. Should be a good game.

  • BoaltBlue

    Riley will shine when the Cal receivers begin to catch the catchable passes that they are dropping now.

    Why not throw to Shane Vereen and/or Jahvid Best on some longer routes? They don’t drop as many passes as the receivers.

    On a different note, NOAA forecasts:

    Saturday: Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High near 61. South wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

  • Calgator96

    The way things have gone with Riley this year I don’t know how anybody could suggest that Mansion won’t have a hell of an opportunity to compete for and win the starting job NEXT year.

    It has been my theory all along that Tedford knows Mansion is his guy moving forward (although he is not quite ready to be playing this yr as a redshirt frosh) and that is a big reason why he (JT) doesn’t care about the “if all things are equal then play the younger guy” mantra. Tedford likely believes Mansion will win the job from Riley anyway and therefore he isn’t just going to give the reigns to Riley this yr so easily, like many of us would have thought he would have. Anyway, just a theory. But I see no way Mansion transfers knowing he could be the #1 guy in ’09.

  • Calzephyr

    Mark: I agree this is a game between equals. That means a great college football game if they both play their best (go Best).