Junior quarterback Nate Longshore, who has been battling a sprained right ankle for five weeks, took nearly all of the first-team snaps Thursday. Still, coach Jeff Tedford wasn't ready to name the starter for Saturday night's game against Washington State. "Nate took some reps and looked good," Tedford said. "We'll continue to monitor his ankle very closely and make sure he's ready to go." After taking all of the first-team snaps Tuesday, Longshore was given a much-needed day of rest Wednesday. Longshore sat out the 31-28 loss to Oregon State on Oct. 13 and is 40-of-70 for 493 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions since returning as the starter.
Tardy out: Washington State tailback Dwight Tardy, who ran for a career-best 214 yards in last week's 27-7 upset of UCLA, is out for the season with a torn ACL, coach Bill Doba announced. "It's a little late to do much changing of the game plan," Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said. "It kind of depends on what they think of the other backs, or if they're just going to throw the heck out of the ball. We'll see." Backup Kevin McCall has run for 156 yards and no touchdowns on 33 carries. Calm, cool, collected: For three consecutive weeks, the Cal coaches and players have dealt with their losing streak in a calm, analytical fashion. Asked this week if it was time for someone to get angry, Tedford said he didn't see the value. "We can yell and scream all we want, but that's not going to fix anything," he said. "It's about preparation and execution. It's about playing for four quarters and making plays."
Senior words: The media relations staff is compiling comments from the seniors for the final game program. The players are allowed to write thank yous, quotes or reflections of their time in Berkeley. Here's a sneak peak at the different ways the players have dealt with the assignment.
"Don't wait too late," receiver Lavelle Hawkins wrote. "People can interpret that however they want."
"Guitar Hero is the best video game ever," safety Thomas DeCoud wrote before spilling a series of thanks.
Briefly: Receiver Robert Jordan (shoulder) and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou (knee) practiced Thursday, and if there are no flare ups, Tedford expects both to play. ... Junior receiver DeSean Jackson and senior punter Andrew Larson were named this week as semifinalists for the top national awards given to their respective positions. Jackson, who has 46 catches for 541 yards and five touchdowns, is one of 12 players in the running for the Biletnikoff Award, and Larson, who is averaging 42.1 yards a punt with a net punting mark of 39.3 (No. 5 in the nation), is among the final 10 for the Ray Guy Award.