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Football: Mansion now the man

Brock Mansion has never had this many reporters  asking him questions. He’ll have to get used to it now.

A group of media members peppered Mansion with questions after practice today. Mansion will make his first career start Saturday at Washington State after the season-ending injury to Kevin Riley.

Mansion seems comfortable talking to the press. He got some experience after Saturday’s game, and handled himself well today. Mansion seems confident he can handle the job.

Here’s a sampling of what he said today:

  • On what it’s like taking starters reps at practice: “I have to get into a little better shape, I’ll tell you that. There are a lot more reps, a lot more throws. Practice goes by so much faster. I was in practice previously, but now before you know it, practice is over.”
  • On how long he’s been thinking about making his first career start: “Since my redshirt year. When I first went to Colorado State, it was just to get to the experience. I was like, what happens if three guys go down? I’m up.”
  • On his development since he’s been at Cal: “It’s been a long journey and there’s definitely been some huge growth made.”
  • On how long he thought it would take for him to get this chance: “I didn’t think about the time it would take. I just wanted to be a sponge and soak up as much as possible, do whatever I could at that point to help the team. People who go to the (NFL) come back and say our offense is one of the most complicated ones in America. There are a few NFL t eams that don’t even have the complexity that we have.It’s tested my patience, but you just have to keep grinding and grinding and grinding. The harder you work, the better it’s going to pay off for you at the end.”
  • On what he’s learned  from Kevin Riley: I continue to learn from Kevin every day. Since he’s been down, I’ve been trying to be a sponge and absorb everything I can from him. Experience kills.”
  • On whether he thinks he’ll be tentative Saturday: “I want to cut it loose and play football. I want to put some points on the board. I want to be consistent on every single series. I don’t want to have any three-and-outs. I want to move the ball down the field. I want a lot of first downs.”
  • On whether he thinks he’ll be anxious Friday night: “I don’t want to be too anxious or too excited. I don’t want anything to change. I want the team to feel just as confident with me as they did with Kev. I’m going to be as level-headed as Kev was throughout the process.”

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.