By Jonathan Okanes
Cal Coach Jeff Tedford announced Thursday that freshman Kevin Riley would be the Bears' No. 2 quarterback - but don't read too much into it. Tedford chose Riley over sophomore Kyle Reed to back up Nate Longshore, but he emphasized that doesn't mean Riley is the school's quarterback of the future. "There's really not a huge gap there whatsoever," Tedford said. "They've both done a nice job through camp. It's not set up for the future at all. It's a day-to-day thing. It's that close. But that's the way we're going into the season." Riley and Reed have been battling throughout training camp, and Tedford has maintained they were close. He didn't even give a reason for picking Riley, simply saying "we had to make a decision, and we made it where Kevin is going to (be the backup)." It still could be some time before Riley plays in a meaningful situation. Longshore, a junior, is expected to lead the Bears for two more years. By that time, highly regarded Brock Mansion will be a redshirt sophomore. "Right now it's a good situation for me, but I can't stop here," Riley said. "I have to do everything I can, study film, keep on learning the playbook. You have to keep going and going." Reed appeared dejected after Thursday's practice and declined comment. Riley, from Portland, Ore., was a high school All-American and Oregon's Gatorade Player of the Year. ESPN.com rated Reed as the No. 10 quarterback prospect in the country as a senior at McClymonds High.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said earlier this week that Rulon Davis had earned a starting role, culminating an improbable path for the junior defensive end. Davis was an offensive lineman at Charter Oak High in San Diego, then joined the Marine Corps. He returned to the field at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, where he was converted to the defensive line. Davis came to Cal after one year as a raw but talented, 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect and played in six games last year before injuries shortened his season. "Every guy wants to contribute," Davis said. "Everybody wants to be that guy that has that game-winning play. If I get my chance, then great, I want to always step up for the team."
Cal estimated 4,000 students came to Thursday's practice, which was open to the student body. Defensive tackle Mika Kane was limited in practice because of a strained sternum, but Tedford said it was designed to get him some rest.