August 15, 2007

Longshore in charge

When your quarterback begins to master the playbook, two things usually happen. The first is that his accuracy rating goes way up, and the second is that he starts to create his own plays. So goes the relationship between junior Cal QB Nate Longshore and the man who turned the Cal program around, head coach Jeff Tedford.

It isn't very hard to see chemistry between coach and quarterback. In Berkeley, where arguably the best quarterback mentor in the country resides, it is something you quickly look for. The Cal program hasn't had that synergy since 2004, when future 1st rounder Aaron Rodgers returned for his junior season. Longshore won the job as a redshirt freshman in 2005, but it was much too early for the talented righty slinger to have that type of bond with Tedford, especially after his first-half injury during the first game of his college career.

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