This fall, Longshore will have the benefit of having not just his three starting receivers (DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins, and Robert Jordan), but also the starting tight end (Craig Stevens), a core of running backs that can catch the ball, and a solid offensive line, as well as experienced back-up receivers who are familiar with the offense. With a full off-season to work together, Longshore could end up having a season quite a bit better than he did last season, which wasn't too shabby considering he finished the season as an honorable mention All Pac-10, was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week three times, and earned offensive co-MVP honors in the Holiday Bowl.
There are 10 records that Longshore either has a good shot at breaking or moving towards in 2007: career total offense, single season total offense, career passing yards, single-season passing yards, career passing touchdowns, single-season passing touchdowns, career 300-yard passing games, career 250-yard passing games, career passing rating and single-season passing rating. By the time the 2008 season ends, Longshore could end up holding every major career Golden Bear passing record.
Career Total Offense
|1||Troy Taylor (86-89)||1479||110||8126||8236||53|
|2.||Kyle Boller (99-02)||1576||-169||7980||7811||71|
|3.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||1115||-359||7360||7001||56|
|4.||Rich Campbell (77-80)||1134||-375||7174||6799||43|
|5.||Dave Barr (91-94)||950||-385||6305||5920||49|
|6.||Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||825||336||5469||5805||51|
|7.||Gale Gilbert (80-84)||1178||-808||6566||5788||33|
|8.||Mike Pawlawski (88-91)||815||-163||5181||5018||44|
|9.||Justin Vedder (97-98)||975||-175||5040||4865||31|
|10.||Craig Morton (62-64)||797||-371||4501||4130||44|
|Nate Longshore (05-)||416||-52||3152||3100||28|
Outlook: With another strong year, Longshore should finish 2007 at the middle of the chart, with either four-year starters (Taylor, Boller), a three-year starter (Campbell), and a two-plus-year starter (Barnes), ahead of him. As far as quarterbacks who've started for two years, the high mark is Rodgers' 5,805, which Longshore should be able to pass sometime in November.
Single-Season Total Offense
Outlook: Although Longshore's not a prolific runner as far as quarterbacks go, he benefits both from a good offensive line as well as the presence of mind to not take lots of big losses. Whether it's running just enough to turn a potential big loss to a small loss, or knowing when to throw the ball away, opposing defenses can't just pin their ears back and expect to tee off on Longshore. His first year yardage mark of 2,969 yards was the third-best single season mark in Cal history by a considerable margin. He's got a good chance to improve upon that total this season, but similar to last year, he's not likely to make too much of that in rushing yardage.
Career Passing Yards
|1.||Troy Taylor (86-89)||1162||683||46||58.8||8126||51|
|2.||Kyle Boller (99-02)||1301||622||48||47.8||7980||64|
|3.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||950||549||26||57.8||7360||54|
|4.||Rich Campbell (77-80)||929||599||42||64.5||7174||35|
|5.||Gale Gilbert (80-84)||984||548||48||55.7||6566||32|
|6.||Dave Barr (92-94)||791||502||31||63.5||6305||48|
|7.||Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||665||424||13||63.8||5469||43|
|8.||Mike Pawlawski (88-91)||703||419||29||59.6||5181||40|
|9.||Justin Vedder (97-98)||776||431||27||55.5||5040||31|
|10.||Craig Morton (62-64)||641||355||31||55.4||4501||36|
|Nate Longshore (05-)||388||235||14||60.2||3152||25|
Outlook: Finishing high on this list is almost impossible without being minimally a three-year starter. Even with his monster 2006, it's unlikely that Longshore will finish much higher than 5th/6th after this season. A third year as a starter should put him easily atop the list with an outside shot at cracking the 10,000 yard mark for a career.
Single-season Passing Yards
Outlook: With all of the attention given to DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch last season, Longshore had a fairly quiet 3,000 yard season - well, as quiet as a three-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week can be. His 3,021 yards passed up several top Golden Bear quarterbacks - trailing only Pat Barnes' 3,499 yards in 1996. Barnes' record won't be easy to break - the difference between the first and second totals on this list (478) is greater than the difference between the second and 10th totals (403). But considering that the Bears will likely play 13 games this season, this would mean an extra 37 yards a game on top of last year's totals would give him the single-season mark. With the speed and experience the offense has this year, picking up that additional yardage isn't certainly a possibility.
Career Passing TDs
|1.||Kyle Boller (99-02)||1301||622||48||47.8||7980||64|
|2.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||950||549||26||57.8||7360||54|
|3.||Troy Taylor (86-89)||1162||683||46||58.8||8126||51|
|4.||Dave Barr (92-94)||791||502||31||63.5||6305||48|
|5.||Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||665||424||13||63.8||5469||43|
|6.||Mike Pawlawski (88-91)||703||419||29||59.6||5181||40|
|7.||Craig Morton (62-64)||641||355||31||55.4||4501||36|
|8.||Rich Campbell (77-80)||929||599||42||64.5||7174||35|
|9.||Gale Gilbert (80-84)||984||548||48||55.7||6566||32|
|10.||Justin Vedder (97-98)||776||431||27||55.5||5040||31|
|Nate Longshore (05-)||388||235||14||60.6||3152||25|
Outlook: With 25 touchdowns after one year plus a game as a starter, Longshore's well on his way to cracking the top 10. He's got an excellent chance of finishing the season in the top four, and if he maintains this pace for two more years, he'll set the all-time touchdown record by a considerable margin.
Single season passing TDs
Outlook: For a first year starter, Longshore's 24 touchdowns was very impressive, as he tied for the third-highest single-season total in school history. Interestingly, four of the totals on this list have come during the Tedford years, with two coming from Rodgers, and one each from Boller and Longshore. It would seem like Longshore should easily be able to record another entry on this list this season, the only question being how high he'll finish. With as much returning talent as the Bears have on offense and with Tedford re-assuming a greater role with the offense, Longshore may have a chance of, if not topping this list, coming very close.
Career 300-yard passing games
|1.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||10|
|2.||Rich Campbell (78-80)||6|
|Troy Taylor (86-89)||6|
|4.||Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||5|
|5.||Steve Bartkowski (72-74)||4|
|Gale Gilbert (80-84)||4|
|Dave Barr (91-94)||4|
|8.||Justin Vedder (97-98)||3|
|9.||Jay Cruze (71-72)||2|
|Joe Roth (75-76)||2|
|Kyle Boller (99-02)||2|
|Nate Longshore (05-)||2|
Outlook: For a team that's as run-oriented as Tedford's Bears have been, it's unlikely that any of his quarterbacks will end up at the top of this list. The two key ingredients in finishing atop this list are: a) having a bad defense which forces the offense to have to get a lot of yards and points in a hurry, and b) facing a defense that's so bad that it's easy to put up big yardage against them without having to reach too deeply into the bag of tricks. While Pat Barnes sits atop this list with 10 300-yard games, the two years where he was the primary starter, the Bears were 9-14. During the three years where Rich Campbell started most of Cal's games, the team finished with a 15-18 record. And in Troy Talor's four years, the Bears were 14-27-3. Longshore should end up somewhere in the middle of this list by season's end. If he's challenging Barnes as November rolls to a close, something about this season didn't go according to plan.
Career 250-yard passing games
|1.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||14|
|2.||Rich Campbell (78-80)||13|
|Troy Taylor (86-89)||13|
|4.||Dave Barr (91-94)||12|
|5.||Gale Gilbert (80-84)||10|
|Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||10|
|7.||Justin Vedder (97-98)||9|
|8.||Kyle Boller (99-02)||8|
|9.||Nate Longshore (05-)||6|
|10.||Steve Bartkowski (72-74)||5|
|Mike Pawlawski (88-91)||5|
Outlook: Longshore could conceivably tie or break the record this season. What kept his number down last season was the fact that the Bears had several blowout wins, which meant a greater second half emphasis on ball control, running the ball, and killing the clock. As talented as this year's team is, it's hard to anticipate lopsided victories. While Longshore should finish the 2007 season no worse than fourth on this list, he should have a firm grasp on this record by the end of the 2008 season.
Career Passer Rating
|1.||Aaron Rodgers (03-04)||665||424||13||63.8||5469||43||150.3|
|2.||Nate Longshore (05-)||388||235||14||60.2||3152||25||142.9|
|3.||Dave Barr (92-94)||791||502||31||63.5||6305||48||142.6|
|4.||Pat Barnes (93-96)||950||549||26||57.8||7360||54||136.2|
|5||Rich Campbell (77-80)||929||599||42||64.5||7174||35||132.7|
|6.||Mike Pawlawski (88-91)||703||419||29||59.6||5181||40||132.0|
|7.||Paul Larson (51-54)||368||210||24||57.1||2986||16||126.1|
|8.||Troy Taylor (86-89)||1162||683||46||58.8||8126||51||124.1|
|9.||Craig Morton (62-64)||641||355||31||55.4||4501||36||123.2|
|10.||Joe Roth (75-76)||521||280||25||53.7||3669||21||116.4|
Outlook: Considering that almost every quarterback on this list improved as he got more experience, Longshore has a good chance of eclipsing Rodgers' career record. While Longshore's touchdown rate is higher than Rodgers', Rodgers had a higher completion percentage and a substantially lower interception rate. Even if he doesn't do much more than equal last season's numbers, Longshore will still be a solid second or third on this list. Although Boller threw for a lot of yards, he doesn't appear on this list because of the low completion percentage and low TD-to-interception ratio that he had during his first three years.
Single Season Passer Rating
Outlook: There are only three quarterbacks who made list during their first year as a starter: Aaron Rodgers, Joe Roth, and Longshore. Rodgers went on to have a better year in his second year as a starter, while Roth battled medical issues during his second year. All of the other quarterbacks on this list demonstrated considerable improvement in their second and third years as a starter. Challenging Dave Barr's single-season passer rating record of 164.5 will require a spectacular year, and a strong game against Tennessee could put Longshore in a position to break the record.
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