Ahead of facing ASU, Cal opens quarterback competition

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Jeff Tedford reopened California's quarterback competition Tuesday, giving equal practice time to Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore. Tedford needs to choose a starter for Saturday's game against Arizona State.

Not many teams averaging 445 yards and 43 points per game would be contemplating a quarterback change.

Tedford is wary of the Golden Bears' slow offensive starts in an embarrassing loss at Maryland and even last Saturday's 42-7 win over Colorado State.

Tedford is acting aggressively to shake Riley up. He struggled in last Saturday's start against the Rams.

Cal will face Arizona State without starting tailback Jahvid Best. The school's leading rusher and receiver is out for at least one game with a dislocated left elbow.