April 8, 2006

Spring Notebook: Clear Skies

Finally the rain cleared up for the Cal football team this spring.

The highlight of this gorgeous football afternoon (and we mean perfect Northern California football weather) was sophomore Nate Longshore completing 6 of 6 in the spread offense in one of the first drills. Longshore, who won the starting quarterback job prior to the 2005 season but missed nearly the entire season due to injury, slung the ball all around the field and showed the ability to make quick decisions. With the emphasis on quick slants, outs, and screens, Longshore showed no problems finding the mark.

On the flip side, senior Joe Ayoob was wild. He missed more than three open reads while trying to get the ball to a more difficult target. The former Junior College All American at CCSF did make a few nice throws but they were still slow to develop and ended in drop passed. With the spread offense keying on a quarterback's ability to make rapid and accurate throws while also making pre-snap reads, Ayoob has the look of a QB who is completely out of system.

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