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Football: Riley named starter

Coach Jeff Tedford has named Kevin Riley as Cal’s starting quarterback. More to come later…

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.

  • H8sRed

    Great. This gives the team some time to rally around him as they start to install the game plan for Maryland. Go Bears!

  • concordtom

    I wonder how Cal is going to deal with having so many highly rated QB’s.

    Let’s see – Riley has 2 yrs left. Was the 6th rated QB for 2006. 6’1″, 192 lbs. 4 stars (out of 5).

    Brock Mansion has 3 yrs left. 11th rated QB for 2007. 6’5″, 220 lbs. 3 stars.

    Beau Sweeney has 4 yrs left, redshirting last year. 6’1″, 200 lbs. 13th rated QB for 2008. 3 stars.

    Allan Bridgford has 5 yrs left, this being a redshirt year, no doubt. 10th rated QB in 2009. 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. 4 stars.

    Austin Hinder will be here the year after that, so has 6 yrs left. 8th rated QB in 2010, 6’4″, 185 lbs. 4 stars.

    It would seem foolish to not anticipate one or more of them transferring in the years ahead. Kyle Reed moved on to San Jose State after falling on the depth chart. He was a 4 star, 5th rated QB, 6’2″, 195 lbs. for 2005.

    It’s a nice problem to have – put them together and let the cream rise to the top. But, too bad for the kids who won’t fulfill their lofty high school ranking – but how can they with such depth. Injury could provide openings, but who would wish for that.

    It seems to be a great testament to Tedford that he can still bring in high rated players, like Hinder, when high rated players are already there and committed. Even though they see that it will be tough to beat out the competition, they realize that they have a good shot at the pro’s if they learn from Tedford and do beat out a few guys for game playing experience. I guess a guy doesn’t have to be a 4 yr starter to make the pros.

    Will be fun for us Cal fans to watch.

    (All ratings, height, weight per Rivals.com at the time of their high school graduation – may be taller/heavier now.)

  • C.J. Roses

    Rose Bowl.

  • milo

    Alrighty, 12 days to Cal football at Memorial. It’s gonna be great.

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Good news.

  • rollonubears

    tedford’s done a lot of things right heading into the season. and right now, he’s either tempering his enthusiasm or he knows this team has little chance of living up to its expectations. my money’s on the former. go bears.

  • abe

    wow, surprise of the century. in any case it is clear that Tedford is really maturing as a head coach in charge of a football program that is above average at the fbs level with occasional ascent to powerhouse status. this is one of those years this Cal program can enter that realm of an elite team with top 10, if not top 5 ranking by seasons end. depending on how we handle the inevitable adversaries, and there will be quite a few, we may finally fulfill this promise and complete the transaction and perhaps stay there for a few years, at least for as long as Tedford is with us. Salute.

  • rollonubears

    i can’t believe oregon scheduled boise state on the road, on a thursday night. b state should be way overrated this year, so oregon probably escapes with a win. hopefully we’ll both be undefeated when we meet up there, but beating them plus their officials is always a tall order that takes a little luck, and cash. somehow, the bears always seem to go 5-0 and then lose the 6th game, followed by a collapse. odds of going 5-0 this year are low, but even if we do, it’s a classic ucla letdown game, and they always beat top10 opponents at home. it’s gonna take a miracle to get to the rose bowl. if it happens, there is a god, that god is a man, and he also loves the golden bears.

  • ToparchiBear

    >$C = Rose Bowl. I really pray that this will be the year to the Promise Land. And, I hope Riley and Best will take us there.

    Go Bears!

  • ToparchiBear

    That is very funny Rollon….

    And, If the Bears can stay healthy after the 5-0, they may go all the way. the problem is depth. Are they deep enough to sustain after injuries? $C on the other hand has never lost in November because they are deep. All their backups are 4 and 5 stars also can be starters.

    The bears need to be healthy enough to get by them on October 3. And, we need to help the bears by rock that place out. One more hopeful is “NO RAIN” that day.

    Go Bears!

  • ToparchiBear

    If Riley comes out strong this year, Tedford will be the coach of the year again. And, Riley for Heiman next year, if he doesn’t buzz out to the NFL. Most likely he won’t go early.

    Go Bears!

  • Jan K Oski

    Good job, JO! You called it in spring!

    Top, there’s no way Riley decides to leave early. There are several college QBs who are a head of Riley on development. They likely will go before him, so he must return for his Senior year. If he has a stellar junior year, it only will be tough for Brock, since he’ll essentially have one year to potentially led the Bears post-Riley. I doubt we will see an open competition, if Riley excels. I also doubt we see Brock transfer. There are plenty examples of QB transfers getting burned. Take for a perfect example $C’s 3rd stringer. He’ll be lucky if he is drafted next year. Alex Smith has proven that a spread QB can’t play in the NFL. Mustain merely has shown he can’t play a pro-style offense in college. While these examples are spread QBs. The saga of Sam Keller shows that “a great QB” should stay with his first choice after the LOI Day. Can anyone recall when a QB excelled after transferring?

    Go BEARS!

  • ToparchiBear

    Sanchez need only one year to prove himself, and got pick #5 with 50 mil. So, Brock should stick around his senior year. And, I thought he red shirt the first year. Didn’t he?

    And, I don’t think Riley is leaving after this year either.

    Jan, did you see the Green Bay game this pass weekend. Aaron Rodger is brilliant, he really excel in Green Bay. 3 TDs in first 18 minutes he played as the first starter. And, I don’t think he missed any throw. His passer rating is way up there.

    Go Bears!

  • H8sRed

    JKO — Vince Ferragamo made a pretty good name for himself after transferring from… Cal. That was 30+ years ago, so your point is well taken.

  • Jan K Oski

    Top, Sanchez was smart to leave early with Bradford, McCoy and Tebow staying. I doubt he would break the first round, if 2 of 3 went last year, but that’s water under the bridge. My point is that timing is everything, and there are so many unknown that is better to stick it out and get that Cal degree.

    It is only the preseason, but it looks like Aaron has climbed to the top with Big Ben, Tom and the Mannings. It looks like Green Bay is posed for a big turn around this year with an easier schedule due to last year’s down performance. But, Aaron needs to throw the big pass like Big Ben did in the Super Bowl last year.

    Thanks H8s. Vince was before my time, but I’ve seen clips of him, a helluva of player…

  • iamalcindor

    Riley = Ayoob-2