Football: Monday links

–Care to see who Jahvid Best’s competition is for the Maxwell Award? Here’s the complete list.

–Finally catching up to this: Best was named to the ESPN.com preseason All-America Team.

–My story yesterday examined the career so far of defensive lineman Mike Costanzo, who has yet to live up to the expectations that surrounded him when he arrived at Cal.

–Former USF football star Burl Toler, whose son and grandson both playe at Cal, passed away Sunday.

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.

  • BluenGold

    Here is an article from Rivals.Com offering Pac 10 preseason predictions, including the prospect of a school other than the U of Sports Corruption taking the 2009 conference title (check out ‘offensive player of the year!):


  • Pug

    Burl Toler was on the USF team in 1951 that was undefeated but passed on an invitation to the Sugar Bowl because they were asked to leave their black players, Burl Toler and Ollie Matson, home. The team voted to stay home.

    That team had NFL Hall-of-Famers Gino Marchetti, Bob St. Clair and Ollie Matson on it. It was a great team that did a great thing. They defeated Cal that year, too. Burl Toler. Jr. was on the Cal team in 1975 when I was there.