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A Chat with 'Little Reggie Bush'

I talked with Jahvid Best about an hour ago. He has been called Little Reggie Bush by teammates. This was a teleconference with a good number of reporters, so I only got to ask a handful of questions, including those about Reggie Bush and his injury last season. But I thank Cal sports information for putting the call together. Here is a little from the interview with Best:

Q: Do you welcome the attention?
I have heard it a lot. I take it with a grain of salt. I pay attention to it a little bit. But my main focus is preparing for each game and doing my job in every game.

Q: You’re so focused on team; do you see this as flattering?
I think it will be okay. I’m not focused on the individual thing. That’s just not how I have been my whole life. For me, it’s just getting a win every week, that’s all that matters to me.

Q: Your take on your first two weeks?
I feel like I have been doing a good job but I have a lot left in me. A couple of bad reads on a couple runs. I have a lot top get better with. I feel blessed because I am doing pretty good and I still feel like I have a lot to get better at.

Q: Have you watched a lot of Reggie Bush’s games and do you look up to him?
I look up to him. That is one of my biggest idols. I am a big fan of his and I watched a lot of him, when I was in high school I used to watch the USC games all the time and even now I still have tapes of USC games. From time to time I throw them on. And when he is playing with the Saints on TV, I am always tuned in watching.

Q: Do you remember the first time somebody compared you to him?
I remember. It was kind of a shock to me, because even now I still don’t put my name in the same sentence as his.

Q: When was that?
That was my sophomore year of high school. I don’t necessarily have a favorite game but I have favorite plays.

Q: How much are you and the team looking forward to being on national television this week?
We are looking forward to it. Obviously it’s exciting to be on national television, but we just want to focus on assignments and things we have to do to prepare for the game. The main goal is to go out, execute and get a win.

Q: When you got hurt last year, how much were you concerned that when you came back you wouldn’t be the same?
When it first happened, that was my main concern. I didn’t know how it was going to react to me running again. There were so many questions. After going through rehab, two months after the injury, getting out there and exercising again I felt pretty good. Those questions just got dropped and I felt it was going to get back to where it is right now.

Q: You’ve got to be 100 percent right now, right? You can’t be any faster, right?
Yeah, I’m 100 percent right now.

Q: No Cal running back had ever had two 80-yard runs in his career, and you had two in a game. How do you get your mind around that?
I feel blessed. It’s an accomplishment of the blocking, and the offensive line did its job. The receivers do their job too whenever we have a long run. It’s a team accomplishment. I was just fortunate enough to be able to run away from people.

Q: How’d your dad not get you to play soccer?
My mom made me run track. So I was supposed to play summer soccer, but then summer soccer and summer track ran into each other. And then they just decided for me to run track.

Q: Maryland’s running back also won a state title in track. Is there anything else that you take from that track experience and apply to the football field.
Composure. When you go to big track meets, there are a ton of people looking directly on the track, looking right at you, it’s kind of the same feeling when you have the ball in your hand on the football field. Learning to deal with that kind of pressure on the track really helps me out here because I can block out the crowd and focus on the game.

Q: How much do you know about their running back?
It’s just a friendly competition. I have heard a little bit about him. I know he is doing pretty good. So it’s going to be exciting to see a little competition out there.

Q: What has Coach Gould been pointing out to you?
He is always going to be on top of us. Even on the 80-yard runs he still has something to correct. He demands perfection and that is what we strive to give. He always has corrections for us. He’ll say, ‘You held the ball wrong.’

Q: Are you interested in the USC-Ohio State game?
I’m just a big football fan, so of course I am interested in it and hopefully we will be able to watch it. I will have it recording at my house and will watch it when I get home. It is going to be exciting to see. I just want to watch the game. Any big game that is hyped up, I just want to watch it. USC recruited me.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Jahvid Best  
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