Football: Luncheon quotes

A sampling of what was said at Tuesday’s weekly media luncheon:

–A transcript of Jeff Tedford and Kevin Riley.



On returning home to the Phoenix area this weekend

I’m always excited to go home, and ASU is always good to me.


On last year’s game against ASU, in which he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.

It was fun, to say the least. Things went well that game.


On how much he’s changed as a person and player since arriving at Cal

Probably as a person, I haven’t changed much. I still hold my comic books and my PS3 dearly to me. As a player, I’ve changed a whole bunch. Freshman year, just being a third down specialist, I didn’t really want to play the run my freshman year. Last year, I grew up a little bit and saw that I could actually play the run. This year, I’m improving on both.


On the coaches desire for him to be more serious

Freshman year, coaches would get at me. They’d be like, ‘Cam, you need to grow up.’ I’d be like, ‘I just turned 18 a couple months ago. You guys are sweating me. I need to be me.’ Now, it’s like, ‘Hey, I’ve barely turned 20, you guys are sweating me.’ I understand I have to change. I don’t think I’ve changed too much.


On whether he and the coaches have reached a middle ground in his desire to have fun

I think it’s a comfortable midpoint. They probably want me to be a little more serious than I am. You have to have fun while you’re living.


On whether he expects added attention after his play against WSU

The thing about our D-line, you can’t really target just one of us. I hope they do target me. That just means Tyson is going to have one heck of a day. If they target Tyson, D-Hill is going to be balling. The D-line is such a great unit this year.


On being just a pass rusher when he first got to Cal

Freshman year, I came in and I was like, ‘I’m faster than you, I’m faster than you, you’re slow, I’m faster than you.’ So I ended up not redshirting. I knew what I was here for. I didn’t come here to play the run. I’m not going to be a starter my freshman year. I came here to be in pass situations. I’m going to rush the quarterback. I’m going to chase down some guys. That was my identity at the time.


On learning to be a better run defender

Sophomore year, Rulon (Davis) got hurt and they asked me to step up and play the run as well. A couple games in, I wanted to take that starting spot, and now it’s mine.


On when he realized stopping the run would make him a more complete player

I figured I’d do that this year. Last year, I was a sophomore and I thought I would just take things slow and enjoy life. Cal was always good to me so I had no worries. Then I had to play the run when Rulon hurt his ankle last year.


On having fun against Washington St.

Honestly, I have fun at all games. Anytime I’m allowed to hit somebody and laugh at them while I’m hitting them, it’s awesome for me. Especially when it’s a mismatch like a running back or something like that. Anytime I can fully hit a running back, when he’s in a pass blocking situation, it’s so funny. If I can put them on their back, I’m usually laughing the whole play and probably the next couple plays.


On whether having fun makes him play better

I feel like if I was too serious, it would take some of the fun out of the game. Once you take the fun out of it, it just becomes a job. It’s not a job to me. Football makes me happy.


On whether the coaches have accepted him for who he is

I feel like they’ve sort of accepted it. They’re always like, ‘Hey, Cam you could be a little more serious….no? We’d like you to be. ..no? All right, Cam. Hopefully you’ll change soon. …no? All right, we love you anyway.’


On his season so far

I think I started off pretty well. A couple games into it, I hurt my wrist, but that’s just an excuse, I guess. The past two games or so I felt like I was playing back up to my potential. I hope to keep it that way.


On whether he’s always been a fun-loving guy

It’s always been like this. My mother will tell you she’s been annoyed with me. I don’t know. They say my mom was like this when she was younger, but I’m not that young anymore. I’m 20 now. I’m halfway through my career here. I’m young but I’m not.





On the importance of Saturday’s game

Every game from here on out is important. We’re trying to finish 10-2. It’ll be good to get a more quality opponent and really see what we’re all about.


On getting an idea of where Cal stands

The biggest thing is, can we get the explosive Cal out there? The Cal that scores points early in the first quarter and then the defense shuts guys down. We’ve kind of seen opposite sides of Cal at times, mainly the USC and Oregon games. We’re hoping to go out there and put up some points and then just hold their offense.


On playing with a big lead

It helps us play looser. When we have the comfortable lead, guys aren’t so uptight about making mistakes. We know we have a little bit of a cushion, but we still don’t let up. It seems to motivate us more, strange as that sounds.


On whether it’s easier to get sacks with a big lead

Usually, when we’re up by that much, that’s when teams start passing more, they have to try to catch up. That means more sacks, more pressure on the QB. We’d like to see our turnovers increase, more interceptions. We didn’t have any turnovers last week.


On being concerned about all the yardage allowed in recent weeks

We’re a little bit concerned. I think the main thing is we have to stop the big play. It seems like we do a pretty consistent job shutting them down, shutting them down. Then they’ll break off a 50-yard play or something. If they get a couple of those a game, it’s going to really change the yardage, just based on four or five big plays.


On the defense not being as good or better than last year, as expected

The one thing that really stands out in my eyes is we haven’t gotten as many turnovers. I really don’t know why, it’s just kind of the way it’s turned out. We still have five games left, so we still have the opportunity to one-up last year’s defense. I wouldn’t write it off just yet.


On whether opponents are catching on to the 3-4 now that Cal has run it for a year

I think they’re more comfortable, just based on the fact they know what to expect. Last year, they hadn’t seen it all so they didn’t know how we were going to adjust to them, what kind of schemes we were going to run. But at the same time it’s our job this year to throw something new at them, so they’re not so comfortable, so we keep them guessing.


On playing with four down linemen

We got a lot of sacks out of that particular look. I think we do have a little bit of that in for this week, for certain situations. So I think we’ll see a little bit of that in the future.



On running the ball against ASU

You can run the ball on them but it’s going to be two or three-yard plays and hoepfully if we keep grinding we can get some big ones out of that.

On the difference between Cal’s speed attack and Stanford’s power attack

Well, it’s not like we don’t have that installed in our offense. It’s just we try to utilize our speed. We can use Jahvid or Shane in the backfield and run an inside zone, something like Stanford did, so you know it’s in. It’s just up to our offensive coordinator to see if we want to run it.

On the importance of Saturday’s game

Every game is important. You lose two games, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got a good team we’re playing this team, we’ve got to win. We have to win every game after this. It’s going to be a battle.

On the challenge of the run offense against ASU’s run defense

 I look at it as a great opportunity to show that our run offense is still able to kick some butt. I want to establish the run this game, first off, be able to challenge them pass-wise and run-wise. But I want to put up some points against these guys, and do it in the run game.

On having to be patient against ASU’s defense that doesn’t give up a lot of big plays

Against Washington State, we did what we call “run to win.” It’s run the ball nonstop up and down the field. I expect it’s going to be very similar to that, but we might get third-and-five, third-and-four instead. We might have to throw.

On the importance of establishing the run

Establishing the run’s always a very important thing because it opens up the pass game. And I think our coaching staff will be patient this week knowing that they’re a really good running defense.

On whether big plays happen because of blocking or individual efforts

I would like to say that every play is brought perfectly. But no, it’s playmaking. Coaches get you in the right direction, they point you in the right direction, but after that you have to play football. And you have to have playmakers. And Jahvid’s a playmaker, and our offensive line has some playmaking ability. Our receivers make plays downfield blocking. It’s a team effort.

On the play of the offensive line this season

Better than some, worse than others. I think we’ve played OK. I think we can do a lot better.

On having some inexperience along the offensive line

Being young doesn’t really help you in your favor as an offensive lineman. Experience does, though. For me, I think if I had not grown in the weight room as much when I was a freshman but had more experience, I think I could’ve done pretty well. But experience goes a long way, and they’re getting a lot of experience each game. With each game you see them improving in different areas. You don’t just come out like, Maryland — this is how you’re going to play for the rest of the year. You grow. They’re growing, they’re doing well.


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

    Jordan shouldhave played at USC. PC makes it a lot of fun for his players. Of course, winning does make a difference.

  • calbear

    he’s too inconsistent to play there

  • Dan

    I am a diehard Cal fan and I love Cal. I also played at another D1 school. From what I see, and although I can’t stand almost everything about SC (especially their mostly lame, obnoxious, front running fans), but I’d rather play for Carroll than Tedford any day, every day. No doubt, not even close.

  • BearItAll

    Dan, then you are not a diehard Cal fan, you are what we call a front-running fan… and a traitor!

    just kidding… kind of…

  • GoldenBear 77

    Carrol would never survive at CAL. Too much integrity required, too much demanded educationally. Don’t want CAL to be USC, don’t want Tedford to be Carrol. Tedford fits this University so if Tedford is not a fit, the University is not a fit.

  • Steve W

    Pete Carroll was an also-ran in the NFL and I believe the second or third choice of the USC administration when he was hired. Let’s face it, there have always been inherant advantages at USC when you are competing for the best recruits on the West Coast. Pete is a charismatic guy who was able to recruit well, and the rest is history. You give Tedford, Mike Riley, Dennis Erickson or any number of Pac 10 coaches the level of raw talent that Carroll gets every year and they would win just as much as he does. USC had 9 guys go into the first two rounds of the NFL last year, and it wasn’t because Carroll coached ’em up to that level.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    GoldenBear 77 Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    Carrol would never survive at CAL. Too much integrity required, too much demanded educationally.>>>>>>>> Delusional, completely delusional. You must be corroborating with the Social Welfare, Sociology, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Art Appreciation departments.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Steve W Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    Pete is a charismatic guy who was able to recruit well,>>>>>> Is that what you mean by “inherant”?

    and the rest is history.>>>>>> Of course, it just happens. No coaching is needed right? Let me remind you that we signed a kid named Christian “Cal did me dirty” Tupuo. Your program didn’t want him. He is a two year starter for us. Is that coaching? If not what is it?

  • ToparchiBear

    Amen Brother GoldenBear!

    Carrol only cares about winning at what ever cost. Even if he has to cheat to get there, he will do it. Remember a violation of the PAC-10 rule when he paid an NFL coach for consultation, when he had max out his coaching staff already.

  • ToparchiBear

    It doesn’t matter who coach $C, they will always have the better chance to win and recruits because of tradition of having better players. Tedford would have the same success there, if he coached the Trojans. However, I would prefered him at Cal than Pete, Be honest with you. He really did turn the whole program around. He is behind the promotion of SHPAC, and the renovation of the stadium.

    Tedford is a people person, and Pete is a goal driven person. The fall off of pete and Sanchez told the story.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    ToparchiBear Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    Tedford is a people person, and Pete is a goal driven person. >>>>> Do you really know what you write? You have to be kidding? The stone faced Xs and Os guy with no ability to emotionally relate to his players and to get them emotionally charged versus the fun loving, energetic, let’s create a moment guy who carries out a program to help kids out of gangs. You are right. Carroll = people person and goal driven.

  • Easy Ed

    Hi Moron, it’s great to see you back. Pete Carroll is a “so so” coach. I note that in less time , Urban Meyer has produced a more prolific program than the one down at U$C. I’m not saying that Tedford is the second coming but you give Carroll what Tedford inherited when he got here and heck Cal would probably be still looking for their first bowl game. Let’s face it, Carroll is at a “school” with questionable (if any)academic standards, a great tradition, unlimited funds and no scruples and still he managed to lose a national championship when he had a team with TWO Heisman Trophy winners on offense! U$C SUCKS!!! The fact of the matter is without football there really isn’t a lot to say about that dump.

  • BluenGold

    When was the last time that the U. of Sleazy Cheaters made the news for either its academic or research programs? Something OTHER that its athletic programs? if ever?

  • MEXgldnbear

    MoreNCs writes:

    “Delusional, completely delusional. You must be corroborating with the Social Welfare, Sociology, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Art Appreciation departments.”

    Look man, you can talk about SC football all you want, but reeling off the names of a few majors that sound “easy” to disrespect Cal academics makes you look dumb, not us.

    My advice to you would be to stick to football and leave the topic of academics for educated adults to discuss.

  • BluenGold

    Social welfare, sociology, American Studies and Ethnic Studies all are legitimate areas of academic study and serious majors (there is no ‘Art Appreciation department’ at Cal). Of course, how would a dropout with no life know anything about such matters anyway?

  • Easy Ed

    Hey Moron!

    Ballroom Dancing?

  • Will

    MikeD, time to post the gresemonkey link again

  • Jake

    I still have greasemonkey on. And I’m lovin it!!!

  • MikeD

    @Will – ask and ye shall recieve:


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