Following the team's performance last weekend, Cal fans were left wondering which team they'll be seeing the rest of this season. Would it be the team led by quarterback Joe Ayoob whose erratic moments surfaced during the first half of the Sacramento State game and the first half of the Illinois game? Or would it be the dynamic, dominant team led by a versatile and athletic Ayoob like the one in evidence against Washington or the second half of the Illinois game?
At times during Tuesday's practice quarterback play appeared to be an evolving, if not linear work-in-progress. Ayoob's timing and comfort level continues to grow with his strong stable of young receivers.
There was ample evidence Tuesday that many of the bugs are being worked out. There were many strong throws downfield to DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan as Ayoob repeatedly hit his targets in stride. The shorter timing patterns are becoming increasingly consistent.
While the passing game was hit and miss Saturday, the running game was a definite hit, with sophomore Justin Forsett leading the way with 187 yards in just 16 carries and two touchdowns along with three catches for another 43 yards. On the season, Forsett leads the Bears in total yards with 279 yards and three touchdowns with an outstanding 8.9 yards per carry average. Not bad for a second-string back who figured to be overshadowed by Heisman Trophy candidate Marshawn Lynch.
The Bear Insider interviewed Forsett to get his feelings about his first collegiate start along with details on how he found his way to Cal as a surprise, late-season signee with the Bears. Listen to the audio interview by opening this link:
Justin Forsett interview
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