Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mercury News: Receiver Longshore isn't really an option

If Cal quarterback Nate Longshore expects to be on the receiving end of a touchdown catch anytime soon, he might want to consult with running back Justin Forsett. The Bears lined up Forsett behind center three times in the red zone during Saturday's 45-27 victory over Arizona, and he scored on touchdown runs of 9 and 3 yards. Longshore lined up as a wide receiver. "We're going to run a fade," Longshore joked. "We're going to have Justin run it a few times, then throw it over the top to me."  Forsett said he enjoyed taking the direct snaps, and wouldn't mind showing off his arm one day. But he might not be too interested in throwing to Longshore. "It probably wouldn't go in that direction," he said. Coach Jeff Tedford said he likes Forsett taking the snap directly because it gives the Bears a one-back set that spreads the field. As for Longshore's responsibility on the play? "He just turns around and stands there," Tedford said. "We just tell him not to get hurt and don't get in the way. Just line up on the ball and stand there." 

• Cal committed 14 penalties - the most in Tedford's six seasons in Berkeley - for 121 yards, including a handful of personal fouls. The Bears were flagged for two personal fouls - roughing the passer, against defensive end Cameron Jordan, and a late hit by safety Robert Peele - to extend an Arizona drive in the fourth quarter with Cal protecting its 45-27 lead.  "There were a couple things that were poor judgment," Tedford said. "Guys were trying to make plays. A couple of those calls where ticky-tack down the stretch. I was getting ready to tell (Jordan) good job because he pulled off the quarterback and just touched him with his hands. He didn't go into him with his head or anything like that. I didn't agree with that call."

• DeSean Jackson had a quiet day, with three catches for 39 yards and one punt return for minus-1 yard. He continues to get a lot of attention from opposing defenses, which is one of the reasons Lavelle Hawkins is having a stellar season. Hawkins had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown Saturday.

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