Cal made the move to go with Riley as the starter Thursday and while there are a lot articles out on this the one that stands out as the most concise is the one over at HeismanPundit.
Remember when Cal had one of the most dynamic offenses in college football, highlighted by an aggressive running attack and its signature misdirection passing attack that Jeff Tedford had developed at Fresno State and then at Oregon with Akili Smith and Joey Harrington? Well, if you were a fan of west coast college football, you could never forget the Cal offense helmed by Aaron Rodgers.
But, with the departure of Rodgers to the NFL, so too departed that great Cal offense.
In the four years since his depature, Tedford has tried to find a suitable heir to the Cal offensive machine. After a brief test drive with Juco transfer Joseph Ayoob proved unsuccessful, Tedford settled on Santa Clarita Valley’s Nate Longshore, who has lead Cal for much of the last three years.
But, Longshore, who has thrown for nearly 6,000 career yards as he enters his senior season, has never been a fit for the type of misdirection and pocket rolls that Tedford likes to employ. And, finally, now after three years, Tedford has pulled the plug on Longshore and has named the more mobile Kevin Riley as Cal’s starting quarterback.
Of course the guys over at the Cal Golden Blogs are loving it! Gotta love how they are rollin' over there!
After last seasons collapse you kind of saw this coming as Tedford wasn't going to give Longshore that long of leash. He saw all he needed to see...