Tedford opens quarterback competition

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The California quarterback job is officially open, with coach Jeff Tedford announcing that sophomore Kevin Riley, who started the first four games, will be splitting reps with the first-team offense with senior Nate Longshore during practices this week in preparation for a visit from Arizona State.

Tedford said during the Pac-10 teleconference Tuesday that figuring out who will start could be a game-day decision.

Riley's numbers aren't terrible -- he's thrown for seven touchdowns with just one interception and is completing 57 percent of his passes -- but he's struggled to get in sync with his receivers and the Bears passing game has been inconsistent.

Longshore, who's started 26 games for the Bears, lost a tight preseason competition and then seemed to play himself out of the picture when two of his five passes in the opener against Michigan State were intercepted -- one deep in Spartans territory and another that was returned for a touchdown.

Longshore has completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 215 yards this season, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Riley, who's far more mobile than Longshore, has completed 62 of 109 throws for 735 yards.