Football: Luncheon quick-hitters

I’ll have more later, but wanted to throw a couple of things out here real quick from today’s Big Game press luncheon:

–Jahvid Best definitely will miss the Big Game. Jeff Tedford said they still haven’t had a single conversation about when he might return. Tedford said there is “no way he’s ready to play in a game.”

–Tedford said the symptoms from Best’s concussion are gone. Now, it’s simply a matter of healing his back, which is still sore.

–Tedford said tight end Anthony Miller should return this week. Nose tackle Derrick Hill is “very close” to coming back.

–Tiger Woods is going to serve as an honorary captain for Stanford and be on the sidelines for the game.

More 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.

  • rollonubears

    That’s so nice of Tiger. I forgot, what year did he graduate?

  • cal85

    Tiger Woods, that cracks me up. Didn’t he catch a few balls from Elway?

    I think we should counter with Oliver Williamson (Nobel prize winner ’09) if we’re going outside of football. I like the score of this one 21 to 16.

    Go Bears!

  • House

    We are a better TEAM when Shane is our running back.

  • ToparchiBear

    I don’t think he graduated. He dropped out and turned pro.

  • ToparchiBear


    I disagree. I will take Best, when he is healthy any day. The true issue lies on Riley. When he is sharp and quick, the team can move distance. And, when he struggled, both sides of the ball are in trouble. He must step up on the Furd Farm, otherwise the Bears will get lost in the jungle.

  • House

    Oh I would take Best anyday as well, what I meant to say was the bears play better as a whole when he’s not in the game.

  • Larry

    Figgot Woods is a poser. Where was he when Stanfurd sucked the past 8 years? What a douchebag.

  • cal85

    I guess they couldn’t get Herbert Hoover, so they brought in Tiger. The big question, will he still charge an appearance fee?

  • abe

    While Best is unstoppable out in space, I think Vereen’s low center of gravity combined with his tendency to run with his shoulders down, as opposed to Best who self admittedly runs straight up, makes him a better runner through the line and would be tacklers. Best himself said his tendency to run straight up makes him vulnerable to heavy hits and easy tackling and that that was one aspect of his game that he wanted to improve coming into this season. I have seen some obvious improvements. Nonetheless the presence of Best in the backfield was supposed to draw the defense in and aid the passing game but Riley’s chronic case of inconsistency had other ideas.

  • BearItAll

    ToparchiBear – I think Riley plays excellent when he gets the protection from the OL, as does our running game… If we are letting guys fly to hit Riley, he throws errant pick-able balls (at least 3 out of 5 of his INTs are due to zero protection). Additionally, when Cal cannot get their OL to the second level to make blocks (what A. Mack was amazing at), runs will more than often be short gain to no gain, with a few broken play, big runs mixed in…