Cal football: Moving forward

A productive passing game is what could make a good season a great season at Cal. And quarterback Kevin Riley knows it.

“We have to work hard, harder than this team has ever worked, throwing the ball this summer,” he said. “Everybody knows it. We just have to do it. It’s easy to talk about. You just have to get out and start throwing. Everybody is going to be here this summer. We’re going to get the work done.”

These comments from Riley, which came after Saturday’s scrimmage, are significant for a couple of reasons. First, players realize that everything else is in place for a potentially special season — an explosive running game and dominant defense. Second, it implies Riley knows the passing game is a work in progress, and there needs to be a lot of improvement between now and Sept. 5.

Riley said the team will take a week off but the quarterbacks will start throwing to receivers again starting next week.

“We could be scary good,” Riley said.

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.

  • milo

    Love to hear that from Riley. It shows he wants it.

  • Jan K Oski

    Thanks JO! This is what I’ve been looking for. I hope Tedford reads this entry, too, since he can’t be involved with the workouts. Can someone email this to him? jk!

    Go BEARS!

  • Pete Carroll

    I know it’s only spring ball, but this team WILL be scary good. While I’ve been going to Bruce Springsteen concerts and not paying much attention to my team, it’s great to see the Bears focused on having a great season.


  • AmyFan4Life

    Hey Pete, can I get an autograph of your book “Win Forever”, when it comes out? According to a press release, the book will “include previously untold details and anecdotes about USC football, as well as Coach Carroll’s advice for building teams that stick together with large sums of donor money and consistently outperform expectations with steriods. He will also discuss leadership off the field like acting as a Spoiled Child when you don’t get your way, and he will show how the five principles of the Win Forever philosophy can be applied to any kind of endeavor when your only option is to cheat to victory.”

    So it will be a self-help, motivational book with plenty of advice on how not to get caught cheating and a closing chapter by OJ on how he avoided jail time the first time.

  • I’m excited that this 2009 squad realizes how good it can be – and that all the QB’s and WR’s are staying around to work out together.

    Can’t wait ’til kickoff!

  • Mustang man

    Nice to see this leadership from Riley

  • rookie

    Sounds like Riley is an emerging leader

  • Pete Carroll

    Hey AmyFan –
    I’ll autograph the book but I’ve been too busy trying to get Will Ferrell to start using Twitter. I love that guy, Hank the Tank is modeled after me, man. Anyway I am also impressed that Riley is going to work out with the receivers this summer. I still have to figure out which QB I’m going with, maybe Will can help me.