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Football: Emptying the Maryland notebook

Some leftovers from Saturday’s game:

–Jeff Tedford had nothing but praise for Marvin Jones, who stood out with three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. “We’ve been waiting for him,” Tedford said. “We knew what he was capable of. We were just waiting for him to get in. He had great hands. He has such great range, and he can run. He’s not afraid to go up for them. Marvin is highly competitive and he’s been waiting to get his turn.”

-Jahvid Best, on his 73-yard touchdown run, in which he waited at the end to follow blocks by wide receiver Verran Tucker. “The corner had an angle on me so i couldn’t get into the end zone. Tuck was right there and I just cut back. I don’t know what yard-line it was at, but there was a point where I noticed he had an angle on me. I waited a little bit to get Tuck’s block. Thank God he was there. If he wasn’t, it probably wouldn’t have been a touchdown.”

–Best, on the deep ball he couldn’t come up with on Cal’s second play from scrimmage: “I should have caught it. it was all me.” (Personally, I felt the ball was a bit underthrown. Then again, it’s probably not easy getting used to Best’s speed, and he doesn’t line up at receiver all that often. It was also a good play by the defensive back to get his hand in there and provide a distraction)

–Jones, on Kevin Riley’s perfectly thrown pass for a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter: “it was perfect. I knew I had to run a perfect route. I didnt’ even see him throw it. I just looked for the ball and it was perfect.”

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.