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Now Starring as Jahvid Best: D.J. Adams

Caleb Porzel, Maryland’s fastest player by most accounts, is banged up, so another true freshman running back, D.J. Adams, has taken the role of California’s Jahvid Best in practice.

No one can truly simulate Best’s speed and acceleration in practice, but Coach Ralph Friedgen said that Adams has done a good job. Best has had 19 carries for 20 or more yards and three carries for 80 or more yards in his career. I wrote a story on Best before last season’s game and said that he is Cal’s version of Reggie Bush. Some people felt the hype was unwarranted, and Best certainly did not wow observers in the Maryland game, but the running back is very much legit.

“Every film we look at, there is another long run,” Friedgen said. “He will be even faster on turf than he is on grass.”

If there is a more electric player in college football this season, I have not seen him.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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In the Maryland game, I was wowed by Best's technicolor vomit. That didn't appear to be natural.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | September 2, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Who has been taking the role of Kevin Barnes in preparation for the game?

Posted by: MeatSweats | September 2, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The role of Kevin Barnes will be played by Kenny Tate.

Posted by: jathfort | September 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: aviscardo | September 2, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

the best part of that clip is the Cal fans reaction in the stands. The guy who wants the flag thrown, hilarious

Posted by: Barno1 | September 3, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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