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Can Maryland Slow Best?

Good morning, College Park ... and Berkeley. If you’re trying to get through a dreary day of work at the office, don’t fret. This will be your one-stop shop for everything Cal-Maryland related over the next 18 hours. We will be posting analysis, tidbits, questions, transcripts, observations, musings, interviews from parties at both schools and even YouTube clips of Jahvid Best (if I can figure out how to post them).

Check out Jahvid Best. I figured the Heisman whispers were a little premature, but after reading up on him and seeing video of Best, he is legit, and, well, let me say this: When Maryland visits Berkeley next season, I think all eyes will be on Best, who could be one of the Heisman favorites in 2009.

Granted the defense Saturday had Washington State on its jerseys, but Best had 200 rushing yards on only 14 carries, scoring three times on runs of 86, 80 and 5 yards. He has drawn some comparisons to Reggie Bush. Last I checked, he was leading a USA Today poll for national player of the week. The 5-foot-10 sophomore won the 2007 California state title in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.31 and finished second in the 200 at 20.65. Best missed the final three games last season with a serious hip injury and is grateful of his opportunity this season. By all accounts, he is a humble kid who is undoubtedly blessed with tremendous speed and explosiveness. I took particular note of some quotes by others in recent weeks:

"Anytime Jahvid's in the open field, we automatically put our hands up," Cal linebacker Zack Follett told the San Francisco Chronicle. "By the end of this season, he's going to be a household name."

"Everybody has talent, but not everybody has a gift," running backs Coach Ron Gould told the San Jose Mercury News. "He has a gift. God blesses everybody with some kind of ability, but everything he does is effortless."

"They're going to know who he is after this game," Cal quarterback Kevin Riley said. "When I hand the ball off, I know it's going to be a touchdown. He's special."

Do the Terps have a chance to contain Best?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 6:08 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Jahvid Best  
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Sure, you can gameplan for any runningback. The 3 4 is actually pretty good at stopping a slasher like Best if it's played well. The question isn't can they, it's will they.

Posted by: Lee | September 9, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we can absolutely stop Best. Once he reaches 400 yds rushing, he'll either tire out or the coach will pull him from the game so he doesn't get hurt.

Posted by: Sam | September 9, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Best sounds almost as good as Darel Scott.

Posted by: terpin | September 9, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Check out Best's highlights, to the tune of Benny Hill:

Posted by: John | September 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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