BERKELEY — It appears it's now Kevin Riley's team at Cal.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Tuesday that Riley will start at quarterback in Saturday's game at Washington State and there are no predetermined plans to use Nate Longshore in relief.
"Kevin earned it last week," Tedford said. "Kevin played well enough to be the guy. I'm not a huge fan of going back and forth."
Riley, a redshirt sophomore, won the quarterback competition during training camp, but Tedford said the evaluation would be ongoing. Tedford decided before the season opener against Michigan State to give Longshore some playing time. Longshore, a senior who started the past two seasons, played two possessions, each of which ended in an interception. The second pick came deep in Cal territory and was returned for a touchdown.
"Nate made a very poor decision on the second interception," Tedford said. "The first interception was a defensive back making a great play. Unfortunately, there were a couple big plays that weren't positive for Nate. If the roles had been reversed, we may have changed our thinking (for Saturday's game)."
Riley was 17-for-24 for 202 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in Cal's 38-31 win over the Spartans.
"I thought after the game this might happen," Riley said. "They named me the starter and Coach told me not to look over my shoulder, and I didn't. Nate is a great teammate. It's a tough situation. He's a team guy. I think he understands it's the coaches' decision and if he gets a chance, he has to be ready."
The Bears didn't record any sacks against Michigan State, but they got consistent pressure on Spartans quarterback Brian Hoyer, something that was lacking last season.
Cal nose tackle Derrick Hill is encouraged about the heat they put on the quarterback but wants to see a lot more.
"We didn't have any sacks, but we had a couple of good hits on him," Hill said. "We plan on turning those hits into sacks. Our whole goal is not just to make sacks but we want to put people out of the game. We're not nice guys on the field. Maybe off the field, but on the field we plan on putting people out of the game. We're trying to take on a whole new attitude as far as our whole identity."
Cal had just 22 sacks last season — last in the Pac-10 — and just 10 from its defensive linemen.
Tedford said wide receiver Michael Calvin (sprained toe) was feeling better Tuesday. Calvin saw just limited reps Saturday. Left tackle Mike Tepper (pectoral muscle surgery, hamstring) will continue to rest this week. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, who had one of the best games of his career Saturday despite recovering from a sprained shoulder, will get some extra rest this week as well, Tedford said. ... Saturday's game will be shown on Comcast basic cable in the Bay Area on Channel 99. ...Cal had six true freshmen play Saturday — wide receiver Marvin Jones, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, kickers David Seawright and Giorgio Tavecchio, linebacker Robert Mullins and nose tackle Kendrick Payne.
— Jonathan Okanes