Football: Quick note

Just got off a conference call with Jeff Tedford along with the Miami media, and Tedford said there will once again be a competition for the starting quarterback job for the Emerald Bowl. Tedford has gone into the past few games with Kevin Riley already tabbed as the starter, but today he said “We’ll evaluate the situation as we go over the next week and a half and see how it plays out.” He also said it’s possible that once again both Riley and Nate Longshore will play.

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.

  • JDA

    Hey Jonathan,

    Any scoop on Michalczik’s decision to leave? Our O-line has been so good the past several years. Is it just a better coaching position/role, or are there behind-the-scenes issues? (I really hope not!)

    QB competition again!


  • Mustang man

    This is downright looney. Has an alien taken over our qb guru’s body?

  • May be an early sign to Riley that he needs to step up his game if he wants to be the starter for next season.

  • Boris

    I can’t think of any reason to play Longshore in this game. I’d rather start Mansion.

  • CalFBFan

    Can anyone really say that Riley put a strangle hold on the starting QB spot in his last couple of games? Neither Longshore or Riley excelled; from that standpoint, I can see why Tedford wouldn’t be confident in definitively naming a starter at this point.

  • milo

    Riley didn’t live up the hype that everyone wanted. I certainly wanted him to do well. At best he did okay. He didn’t turn over the ball but he also didn’t do much more. He consistently over-threw or missed wide open receivers, often in critical situations.

    Longshore’s problem was he had the tendency to throw picks but when he was on, he hit his target.

  • Calduke

    by A.W. Prince

    After months of mulling over his final recruiting decision, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield high school defensive line prospect Deandre Coleman made it official tonight. A member of the Rivals100, Coleman, who was recently honored with an invitation to play in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, is going to call Berkeley his next home. [details]

  • Calduke

    DT 28 Deandre Coleman
    (Garfield HS)
    Seattle, WA 6-4/285/5.20 Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, Washington

  • wilcox

    [DT 28 Deandre Coleman
    [(Garfield HS)
    [Seattle, WA 6-4/285/5.20 Arizona, Arizona State, [California, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, Washington

    Given his list, his decision to come to Cal is a whole lot less impressive. Where else was he gonna go? Oregon, maybe, but every other program he mentioned is in seriously bad shape.

  • DJGuy


    Are you going to be having Live Chat today? We can ask you about this, as well as other Emerald Bowl questions.


  • Jonathan Okanes

    JDA, I don’t believe there is anything controversial about it. It’s a promotion for Michalczik and he’s from that area.

  • Calduke

    To: CalFBFan & Milo

    Thank You for your observations. Your comments will not be popular around here as most posts seem to be
    Riley-positive and seem to be in denial that both Longshore and Riley have not performed to an acceptable level. Neither QB stood up, took control and proved they are the QB, but, Longshore has received most of the bashing.
    A few weeks ago I suggested Longshore and Mansion play some in the Washington game and was lambasted as being an idiot.
    Tedford has been criticized about waiting until Sat to name the QB. Tedford must have wakened up on Saturdays with anxiety attacks knowing he had to select one of these 2 guys to start when neither one stood out.
    I hope Riley is the guy for next year,but, he needs tremendous improvement. Lets hope this happens