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Hip injury likely ends year for frosh RB Best

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jahvid Best, California's talented freshman
running back, probably will miss the rest of the season with a hip
injury.

Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford said Best is unlikely to play in
Cal's regular season finale against Stanford on Saturday because of
the injury, which kept him out of Cal's previous loss to
Washington.

"We don't know the extent of his injury yet," Tedford said
Monday at a news conference promoting the 110th Big Game. "We're
taking our time, making sure we're right about that. He says he
feels good, but we have him on crutches until we know more."

Best is second on the team with 221 yards rushing and two
touchdowns, providing a speedy change of pace to the more punishing
Justin Forsett, the Pac-10's leading rusher. Best also caught 13
passes for 74 yards and returned 15 kickoffs for the Bears (6-5,
3-5 Pac-10), who have lost five of their last six games.

Tedford said Cal has consulted with hip specialists around the
country to decide on the best course of treatment for Best, who
could be the Bears' featured tailback next season after Forsett's
graduation.

James Montgomery is likely to get more playing time in Best's
absence. Cal still doesn't know where it will play in a bowl game,
though the Bears are likely to land in San Francisco's Emerald Bowl
if they post a sixth consecutive victory over Stanford.

Defensive lineman Rulon Davis, who has a lingering knee injury,
could be available for limited play against Stanford, Tedford said.
Davis has played in just four games this season because of the
injury, making nine tackles and 1½ sacks.