Caleb Porzel, Maryland’s fastest player by most accounts, is banged up, so another true freshman running back, D.J. Adams, has taken the role of California’s Jahvid Best in practice. No one can truly simulate Best’s speed and acceleration in practice, but Coach Ralph Friedgen said that Adams has done a good job. Best has had 19 carries for 20 or more yards and three carries for 80 or more yards in his career. I wrote a story on Best before last season’s game and said that he is Cal’s version of Reggie Bush. Some people felt the hype was unwarranted, and Best certainly did not wow observers in the Maryland game, but the running back is very much legit.
“Every film we look at, there is another long run,” Friedgen said. “He will be even faster on turf than he is on grass.” If there is a more electric player in college football this season, I have not seen him.