Tedford retains confidence in touted transfer Ayoob
By MOLLY YANITY
The 19th-ranked California Bears come to Husky Stadium on Saturday with an impressive season-opening victory under their belt, but without their starting quarterback. In the second quarter of the Bears' opener Saturday, Nate Longshore was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Still, the Bears were able to rout
"He did well in the spring," Tedford said. "I was really happy with his retention from spring to summer and then to camp with the mental part of the game." Ayoob, the 2004 national JC offensive player of the year at
"It's a learning experience, but he definitely has the ability to be a great player," he said. "People take time. "I remember when (2004 first-round pick) Aaron Rodgers had a 9-for-34 game against
Ayoob was pulled against
Tedford praised electrifying running back Marshawn Lynch, who had a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown, and freshman DeSean Jackson.
HURTING HUSKIES: Offensive tackle Joe Toledo will be out of action against
Willingham said strongside tackle Robin Meadow will shift into
"(The moves) will hopefully have our best guy, Robin Meadow, protecting our quarterback's backside," Willingham said.
Defensive end Brandon Ala (knee) also will be out Saturday, but safety C.J. Wallace (eye) and cornerback Roy Lewis (shoulder) are likely to play.
There is no estimate on the return of defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee, Willingham said. White-Frisbee started eight games in 2004, but has a broken foot and has yet to practice this fall.