Jeff Tedford Names Starting Quarterback
Aug. 21, 2008
Fan Appreciation Day WebsiteCalifornia head football coach Jeff Tedford has named sophomore Kevin Riley as the Golden Bears' starting quarterback for their opener against Michigan State on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Memorial Stadium. Tedford made the announcement following Thursday afternoon's preseason practice and said that senior Nate Longshore will also play in the opener.
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Riley saw action in four games last year as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 563 yards and five touchdowns. In the Armed Forces Bowl last season, Riley played the final three quarters and helped the Golden Bears erase a 21-0 deficit en route to a 42-36 victory. He connected on 16-of-19 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns to earn game MVP honors.
Longshore ranks fourth all-time at Cal in passing efficiency (133.1), sixth in passing touchdowns (62) and seventh in passing yardage (5,732). He is also second all-time at Cal with 18 victories as a starting quarterback.
Cal is one of just four teams in the Pac-10 with two quarterbacks returning who have started games - UCLA (with three), USC and Oregon State are the others. However, two of UCLA's quarterbacks are injured and one of USC's has been out of action due to injury.
The Bears have Friday off from practice and will officially wrap up camp on Saturday morning. Following Saturday's practice, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Cal will host its annual Contra Costa Times Fan Appreciation Day. The day will include a chance for fans to interact with players and coaches from the Cal football team.
In addition, Cal will be working to support Project Michelle (ProjectMichelle.com) a group formed to help Michelle Maykin, a Cal graduate and season ticket holder who was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2007. Members of the Cal football team, its coaching staff and the University athletic department staff will be registering to be potential donors at the marrow drive being held at Saturday's event. The team encourages all fans to register as well on Saturday.