Football: Tedford names Riley starter. … kind of

Falling short of making a 100 percent definitive statement, Cal coach Jeff Tedford all but named Kevin Riley as his starting quarterback at today’s Bay Area College Football Media Day in San Francisco.

Tedford said Riley is Cal’s starting quarterback — unless he gets beat out by somebody else.

“Kevin is the starter. You can write that down,” Tedford said. “Kevin is our starter and he will be our starter, but there will still be competition from other people. He will be our starter unless someone plays better than him.”

This is a substantially different stance from the one Tedford assumed for most of the offseason, when he insisted there will be an open competition despite the fact Riley has started 23 games at Cal, including all 12 last season. Riley is the Pac-10’s active leader in wins and touchdown passes.

Tedford said Monday that Riley has earned the right to enter camp as the starter.

“He was the starter last year,” Tedford said. “You go back and look at the tape and you evaluate a whole season, and he did a lot of really good things. You take a look at that experience and the dividends that should pay this year. He had a solid spring. He’s done enough to be able to do that. But it’s still going to be competitive. That’s not going to change.”

Much more to come from media day…..

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.