Jahvid Best has been ruled out of Cal’s Poinsettia Bowl game against Utah, officially ending his 2009 season. And, more than likely, his Cal career as well.
Best was injured Nov. 7 in a frightening fall as he attempted to dive in the end zone in a game against Oregon State, forcing the back to miss the final three games of the regular season.
While his rehab is going well after suffering back, neck and head injuries, there’s simply no way the running back will be able to get himself into any semblance of football shape ahead of the bowl game.
“Obviously, he’d like to be out there with his team, but he also understands that the level that he plays, there’s a certain shape he’d have to be in,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “He’s not ready to hit, and he’s not ready to do all that.”
As a junior, Best has submitted his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board to have his draft stock evaluated. Best would likely be the top RB available if he decides to enter the 2010 draft, and a sure-fire first-round pick.
As it stands now, Best claims he’s “completely on top of the fence” when it comes to whether he’s staying or leaving.