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Golden Nuggets: "You Can't Ride the Roller Coaster Being in That Position"

Last year's big offseason change in Kevin Riley was physical--he improved his increasingly unusual throwing motion.  This year, his big offseason change seems to be mental.

A little older now and a little more mature, Riley has seemed to turn that confidence into contentment — not that he is satisfied with himself as a player but perhaps he is at peace with the fact that he is doing everything he can to be the best player he possibly can, and that the experience he now has — whether it be the good moments or bad moments — makes him more prepared for his final season.

"It’s experience," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "He’s been at the high and he’s been at the low and I think he’s figured out where the middle ground is — not to get too high and not to get too low. Put it in perspective, take it in stride and know that he’s not going to please everybody. He’s going to do his best to be the best player he can be, be a strong quarterback and a leader of this team. From there, you can’t ride the roller coaster being in that position. I think he’s figured that out."

From all accounts, Riley had a good spring. During the Saturdays practice was open to the media and the brief stretches  we were allowed to watch during the week, Riley seemed to make good decisions and was efficient running Cal’s offense.

Riley regularly put in extra work after practice during the spring.

"I just think I’ve grown up a lot and understand what’s important and what you need to do to get better and become a better football player," Riley said. "These past few months I took a hard, long look at myself and the games we lost and how we lost them. I want to do everything I can not to let that happen again."

After the jump we look into the future (yes, the future), all the way to the 2010 NBA Draft and the 2011 NFL Draft.  We also take another look at reactions to Best and Alualu's first round picks.

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