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Cal football: Workout notes

Some tidbits I picked up from Cal’s workout on Thursday:

–Running back Jahvid Best is practicing. He said he’s not totally 100 percent but “I could play.” He said he has been cleared to do everything without limitations.  “My body is feeling a lot better,” Best said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s feeling really good right now.”

–Fans will no longer see long flowing hair coming out of the back of Michael Calvin’s helmet. Calvin shaved his head in March. “I needed something new,” said Calvin, who is on his way back from ACL surgery.

–Wide receiver Nyan Boateng on Calvin’s return: “Mike is a special player. I’m very proud of how hard he’s worked to get back. He will add another threat to the offense. We need him. We need everybody we can use.”

–Quarterback Kevin Riley said the mechanical adjustments he made during the spring are paying off. It was designed to shorten his motion and make sure he didn’t drop his elbow, a bad habit he had formed. “My ball is coming out more accurate, with more zip on it,” he said. “This is the best I’ve felt in like two years. It’s coming out quicker and feels better.”

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.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    “Quarterback Kevin Riley said the mechanical adjustments he made during the spring are paying off. It was designed to shorten his motion and make sure he didn’t drop his elbow, a bad habit he had formed. “My ball is coming out more accurate, with more zip on it,” he said. “This is the best I’ve felt in like two years. It’s coming out quicker and feels better.”>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s a mental thing Riley. It truly is. You can’t have your coach in your head everytime you drop back to pass. Ask your coach to simplify the game. You wouldn’t be having this problem if you played for Coach Carroll.

  • 66Bear

    Dear MoroN:
    I’ve been taking bets on the Cal-$C game, and I am having to give points to the wimps of Troy. It’s obvious from your idiotic post that you are also worried about $C’s prospects this year, as you should be. If the referees succeed this year in keeping your criminal safety from taking out opponents with his illegal hits (that Coach Carroll obviously encourages), I think you guys should finish up about third in the conference this year. No need to make any predictions about your basketball team’s prospects.

  • Will

    He said he hopes Best gets hurt on the SF gate website. Classy.

  • Will

    And seriously, no point in reading his post…we all know what he says. Doesn’t even have the guts to admit $C cheated in basketball, just like we claimed all this time.

    Once you see that he’s posted, just make fun of him for not having a job. Or for never having a job, for that matter. It’s sad, really.

  • mike

    if nyan boateng isn’t a starter when the season begins tedford is crazy. I don’t know why but tedford loves keeping his talented players on the sideline. I mean conte over hagan 2 yrs ago, kendricks over dj holt, longshore over riley, john allen over derrick hill 2 yrs ago, etc. Plus, he acts like learning his offense is like breaking a code or something. If a guy can play put him on the field.

  • Bears

    The facts are a Tedford offense clicking on all cylinders scares sc coach very much. He knows what a Cal offense does when balanced and efficient. That’s what the Bears are going to bring this year, an offense you can’t stop. With no proven QB, and so many unproven players, plus the looming NCAA viloations that are going to be slapped on sc they know they are on the downswing. sc fan’s are worried, and they should be…

  • calbear

    -It’s a mental thing Riley. It truly is. You can’t have your coach in your head everytime you drop back to pass. Ask your coach to simplify the game. You wouldn’t be having this problem if you played for Coach Carroll.-

    uhm RILEY DOESN’T ACTUALLY READ YOUR POSTS. IT’S REALLY STRANGE THAT YOU’RE TRYING TO TALK TO HIM.

  • odebesar1

    Bears: I’d like to amend your opening sentence with “…a Tedford + Ludwig offense clicking on all cylinders.” =)

    I’m really hoping we get back to the days where we used to dissect defenses at will.

  • Calduke

    J O ; thanks for some rational football comments. It has been awhile since some positive posts have been made. Keep it up – PLEASE.

  • ToparchiBears

    Sanction, Sanction, Sanction will be the word for the $C troll.

    Go Bears!

  • McLOVIN

    Right on cue, Toparchi. Calduke thanks you.

  • http://Rivals BearNIt

    Why do the SC faithful disregard the fact that the NCAA is goping to treat them like a Sailor who hasn’t had shore leave in 4 years. Instead of making comments about Cal football, they should get ready buy some astroglide and forget about dinner because the NCAA is going to make up for lost time and give the trojans what they have been begging for.

  • Calduke

    Calduke thanks who? Toparchi? for more insight on Cal football and the summer workouts, which is the subject to discuss here.

  • Calduke

    Quoted From SI.com

    re NCAA’s Cash Cows

    Shortly before the NCAA revealed the penalties, a reporter from The Birmingham News caught up with Alabama coach Nick Saban and asked how Saban felt about finally putting this episode behind the program. “I’m really happy for the players we have in the program that this won’t affect their future, nor will it affect the players we’re recruiting,” Saban told the paper. “We’re always happy to be moving on, and we’re looking forward to the future.”

    Maybe Pete Carroll should keep a copy of that quote to use the day the NCAA wraps the Bush investigation. Neither USC nor any other name-brand program that winds up in the NCAA’s crosshairs should worry too much about suffering in the future. They’re just too valuable to have.

    Does USC get treated any differently than other schools? Hmmmm.