August 24, 2007

Riley moves up

For the first time this fall, a hint of powder orange could be seen on the Memorial Stadium turf as the Cal football team took the field Thursday afternoon. Bears' coach Jeff Tedford introduced to his team the initial stages of the strategy Cal will employ against Tennessee come September 1, beginning the venture with tackling dummies dressed in what looked to be a fake replica of the Volunteers' orange practice jerseys.

The New No. 2

Without question, the biggest news coming out of Thursday session was Tedford's announcement that redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Riley had taken the backup reigns from redshirt sophomore Kyle Reed to be the first slinger off the bench behind returning junior starter Nate Longshore.

The decision is somewhat surprising, considering the fact that up to this point in Fall Camp, Reed has taken the majority of second team reps in practice - including a few with the first team as well. But after a subpar performance in the team scrimmage earlier in the week, added with Reed's overall inconsistent accuracy, the Cal coaching staff made the determination that the Bears best chance to win is with Riley at the No. 2 position.

"Nothing is set in stone (about the quarterback battle)," Tedford said right after practice. "This decision doesn't mean we are naming the future of this program. There's really not a huge gap there (between the two) whatsoever."

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