Nate Longshore Tabbed as California Starter for Opener

Aug. 29, 2006

BERKELEY - Following Tuesday afternoon's practice at Memorial Stadium, California head coach Jeff Tedford announced that sophomore Nate Longshore would start Saturday's season-opener at Tennessee. Longshore started last year's opening game at home against Sacramento State, but suffered a broken leg in the second quarter.

'Nate's going to start the game,' Tedford said. 'They both have had great camps. Somebody's got to take the first snap; Nate will take the first snap. He feels great. It's very possible that both [Longshore and senior Joe Ayoob] will play; we'll see about the flow of the game.'

Longshore completed eight-of-11 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown in his limited action last year. The Canyon Country, Calif., product threw his first career touchdown pass, a 31-yarder, to then-freshman DeSean Jackson on his first career drive last season.

The 6-5, 233-pounder was injured as he completed a 44-yard delivery to Sam DeSa late in the second quarter.

When asked if he thought his second career start would be different than his first, he replied, 'I hope so,' with a laugh.

Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific) in Knoxville. The ninth-ranked Golden Bears will host Minnesota on Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available by calling 800-GO-BEARS.

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