August 29, 2007

No quarterback flap

As BearTerritory reported earlier in the day, the big news out of Berkeley today was the transfer announcement of redshirt-sophomore quarterback Kyle Reed. Once thought to be in line for a starting position down the road, the emergence of starter Nate Longshore along with the vast improvement of redshirt-freshman Kevin Riley has led the former Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds' great down a different road.

Of course, Reed's teammates and coaches had nothing but good things to say about the former Elite 11 quarterback.

Back in 2002 as a sophomore at McClymonds' High, Reed, his father Dale and high school coach Alonzo Carter were approached by then first-year Cal coach Jeff Tedford just weeks after the Warriors season ended.

Tedford - who has been known to develop a quarterback or two in his coaching tenure - spotted Reed at an extremely young age and noticed the potential that he brought to the table. Tedford didn't hesitate to offer Reed a scholarship as one of the Bay Area's rising sophomores.

After doing some research his senior season in 2005, taking a handful of recruiting trips, and narrowing down his list of schools which included UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon among others, Reed gave Tedford his verbal commitment.

Over two years later, after being beat out by Riley - another Elite 11 standout - for the backup position at the tail end of Fall Camp, Reed has decided to move on to a different challenge at another school. He will tackle the quarterback competition at San Jose State in 2008.

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