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Golden Nuggets: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Register-Guard looks back to when Tedford first noticed Kevin Riley.

As Jeff Tedford remembers it, he was attending a scouting combine for high school football players in the Bay Area in the spring of 2005, back when college coaches were allowed to be present at such functions, and noticed a quarterback throwing the ball in warm-ups.

The Cal football coach didn’t know the kid but liked the “zip on the ball” when he threw. Intrigued, Tedford watched the young quarterback throughout the day, and “kind of liked everything about him.”

Tedford followed up by getting some video of the quarterback, still a high school junior, and after studying that “liked him even more.”
Except, it’s not quite the whole story.


It seems that Riley had spotted Tedford standing under a tree with Fresno State coach Pat Hill. Of the 200-some coaches at the combine, Tedford and Hill were the first coaches that he recognized.

So Riley, not generating much recruiting interest at that time — Eastern Washington, Idaho, Portland State; Oregon hadn’t even invited him to its annual Junior Day — grabbed a receiver and positioned himself directly in front of Tedford.

“It wasn’t an accident that he was so close,” said Faustin Riley, Kevin’s father, who was there that day and tells the story.


After the jump we look at how close former Cal RB James Montgomery came to losing his leg or, worse, his life, press luncheon quotes from Mohamed, Ross, and Alualu, a television coverage map for Cal at Oregon as well as the link for the internet stream, looks back at Minnesota, looks ahead to Oregon, and more.