October 18, 2007

Super Gunner Javhid Best

There have only been a handful of times during Pete Alamar's coaching career that the veteran special teams instructor has been asked to speak to the media in a post-game press conference. Two years ago, Cal's gut-wrenching 47-40 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl - in huge part thanks to the legs of Maurice Jones-Drew - was one of those times. You can probably guess why. As the No. 10 Bears, who make their first trip back to Pasadena since that forgetful night, Alamar brings with him a "special" weapon; super gunner Jahvid Best.

Being a special teams coach often times is much like being an offensive lineman, you only get attention when something goes wrong. For Alamar, the boisterous coach came under tremendous fire two seasons ago during that UCLA game when Jones-Drew exploded returning the ball, as Jones-Drew cut through Cal's special teams unit to the tune of 162 punt return yards, which included a dramatic 85-yard touchdown scamper that gave the Bruins their first lead of the game late in the third quarter.

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