FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cal coach Jeff Tedford said Sunday that wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan and free safety Thomas DeCoud will not start today's Armed Forces Bowl because they violated team rules.

Tedford wouldn't elaborate, but said the infraction wasn't major. He said the three players would still play but didn't know how long he would keep them on the bench at the outset.

Jordan and DeCoud are seniors, so today marks the end of their college careers. Jackson is only a junior, but may leave for the NFL after the season.

Jackson was an All-Pac-10 second-team pick after catching 60 passes for 681 yards and five touchdowns. He missed the final 11/2 regular season games with a thigh contusion but is completely healed.

DeCoud was voted the team's defensive most valuable player after leading the team with 106 tackles. Jordan has 46 catches for 571 yards and four scores.

Life of Riley

Tedford said backup quarterback Kevin Riley will see playing time today.

"Just to get his feet wet," Tedford said. "We want to get him experience in a bowl game. No matter what, we're going to get him in there. For how long, I haven't decided that -- whether it's one series or two series, or what."

Riley started one game this season when Nate Longshore was out with a sprained ankle. Tedford said Saturday that all positions for next season would be open during spring practice, including quarterback.


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Works of art

Many Cal fans who have made the trip here flocked to the art exhibit set up by linebacker Greg Van Hoesen in the lobby of the team's hotel. For Van Hoesen's senior project, he drew portraits of several of his teammates.

"A lot of my other paintings focused on the nuances of the game, the emotion, the violence, the injuries, etc.," Van Hoesen said. "But I really wanted it to be about my teammates, how I feel about them, how close a connection we all have."

Teammates also checked out Van Hoesen's work after they returned from Sunday's walk-through. Jordan took several pictures of his portrait.

Van Hoesen did portraits of 13 players and Tedford. He said he chose the players based on the quality of photos he could find of them.

Van Hoesen hopes to sell the portraits to "kind of get my life as an adult started." He has to wait until after today's game to sell them because of NCAA rules.

"He's the best," said tailback Justin Forsett, one of the subjects of a portrait. "He's great at what he does. I want to buy one, but it's not in my price range."

Stealing the show

Van Hoesen became the star of Sunday's pregame press conference when his chair toppled over on the podium when he attempted to sit down.

"I'm all right," he said, with just his raised hand visible above the podium. "Did you get that?"

"Could you do it again, please?" a camera operator joked.

Tedford then went on to introduce Van Hoesen by saying, "Today, we brought our chancellor and our athletic director. I didn't know we were supposed to bring our trainer."

Extra points

Tedford praised Forsett for his production this season after spending his first three years as a backup. "We always told him that he's going to have big shoes to fill," he said. "But now that he leaves, he's leaving even bigger shoes to fill." ... Cal's opponent in the Armed Forces Bowl is one of the armed forces, but the Bears are aware of the meaning behind the game as well. "With everything going on around the world these days, it's hard not to take the Armed Forces Bowl seriously," said Van Hoesen, who said his cousin, John Cortez, is serving in the army in Iraq. ... Forsett spoke Sunday morning to about 5,000 children at The Potter's House, a ministry in Dallas where his father, Rodney, is on staff. Forsett is from nearby Arlington.

-- Jonathan Okanes