Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Corvallis Gazette Times: California Scouting Report

Here is the link.

RECORDS: Oregon State 3-3, 1-2 Pacific-10 Conference; No. 2 California 5-0, 2-0

SERIES: California leads 33-26

LAST MEETING: California won 41-13 in 2006

LATEST LINE: California by 14.

COACH: Jeff Tedford, sixth season (48-20)

OFFENSE: Cal is ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (39.4 ppg) and third in total offense (426 ypg). RB Justin Forsett (117 ypg) is the second-leading rusher. He averages 5.4 yards a carry and has nine TDs. QB Nate Longshore has completed 104 of 163 passes for 1,137 yards, seven TDs and two INTs. DeSean Jackson (5.6 catches a game) and Lavelle Hawkins (5.4) are two of the better receivers in the Pac-10, but the pass offense is ranked eighth at 227.4 ypg). The turnover margin is third nationally (plus-2.2 a game) because the offense has only four turnovers.

DEFENSE: The Bears are mostly middle-of-the-pack in the conference statistically. The pass defense is eighth (268 ypg). There have been 15 turnovers forced, eight of them are INTs. S Brandon Hampton is the only player with two. LB Anthony Felder is the leading tackler with 50.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Jordan Kay is 5-for-8 on field goals. Regular kicker Tom Schneider (quad) is day-to-day. P Andrew Larson averages 40.9 yards on 25 punts. Jackson is the second best punt returner in the conference (11.9 average). He returned one for a TD. Hawkins is second on kickoff returns (29.2) and scored.

NOTABLE: The Beavers have won six of the last eight meetings, and the last three on the road. Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was an assistant for the Beavers from 1999-2001. ... Receivers coach Dan Ferrigno was an assistant for OSU from 1987-95.

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