Questions and answers on a Sunday night are usually focused on the previous night’s game and what lies ahead in the coming week. But today the subject matter was understandably limited to just one topic — Jahvid Best.
For those wondering the latest on the condition of Jahvid Best, we will find out more at around 5:30 p.m. this evening when coach Jeff Tedford addresses the media following the Bears’ conditioning practice. I’ll have more as soon as I get it.
–Jeff Tedford on Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson’s hurdle: “Covaughn will be telling us about that for awhile.”
–Lost in garbage time down the stretch: Michael Calvin caught his first pass of the season
–Wide receiver Nyan Boateng failed to catch a pass, and Tedford said he’s still not 100 percent recovered from his foot injury.
–Backup nose tackle Kendrick Payne returned to action for a couple plays after missing the past few games with a foot injury.
–J.P. Hurrell got some rare reps at linebacker
When a team crushes a team it is supposed to crush, and there aren’t any extraordinary individual efforts or new impact players that emerge, there typcially aren’t a whole lot of compelling storylines in the aftermath. Such was the situation tonight following yesterday’s 49-17 win over Washington State.
A couple of other things about the UCLA game:
–It was kind of a surreal scene when the game ended. After shaking hands, Cal’s players rushed over to the section of seats at the Rose Bowl where Cal fans were and started celebrating with them. At the same time, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel grabbed the on-field mike and made a speech to the fans, assuring them his team will not get down and keep fighting. Only problem was the Bears fans were making so much noise, I’m not sure how many UCLA fans could actually hear what Neuheisel was saying.
–Quarterback Kevin Riley talked some after the game about the nice block he threw at UCLA cornerback Sheldon Price during Jahvid Best’s 93-yard touchdown run. Riley said offensive coordinator issues “skull and crossbones” stickers to players who deliver a good cut block.
“I might be the first quarterback for Coach Ludwig to give one,” Riley said. “He’ll judge it. I’m hoping to get one. I was just jogging with Jahvid, saw him start to cut back a little so I just tried to get in the way of anybody. I was just hoping I wouldn’t get the guy from behind, but I got in front of him.”
Here is a thorough sampling of what was said immeidately following Saturday’s game:
QUARTERACK KEVIN RILEY:
On making plays in the passing game
It feels good. Right from the get-go, the second touchdown, you could see our offense go back to what we did the first three games. That’s what we were waiting for. People weren’t pressing. Like we said, the bye week came at a good time for us. We got to just concentrate on ourselves and work on some things. We worked on the team aspect a lot, people kind of pushed each other a lot, and it worked out really well today.
Clearly inspired by the story I wrote about him last week, Cal punter Bryan Anger has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for special teams. Here’s the news release.
A few notes from Sunday night’s conditioning workout:
–Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson appeared to be moving around fine after missing Saturday’s second half with a hip pointer. I talked to him after practice and he said he expects to practice and play this week. Jeff Tedford didn’t seem worried about his availability, either.
Here is a sampling of what was said in the interview room following Saturday’s loss to USC: