Feb. 6, 2009
BERKELEY - California sophomore tailback Jahvid Best will likely miss spring football practice following postseason surgery to his left foot and left elbow.
The foot surgery was performed Jan. 23 to relieve irritation of an extra bone on the right side of his foot caused when Best bruised the foot midway through the 2008 season. The elbow surgery took place Jan. 15 to tighten a ligament that was injured when Best dislocated the elbow vs. Colorado State Sept. 27.
The goal is for Best to start running in late March or early April to give him four months to prepare for the 2009 campaign. Cal's medical staff expects him to be fully recovered well before the start of training camp in early August.
Despite the two injuries, Best missed only one game - vs. Arizona State Oct. 4 - which was due to the elbow dislocation.
Overall, Best rushed for 1,580 yards last fall - the second-highest total in school history - and he set a Cal mark by averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His average of 131.7 ypg ranked third in the nation and first in the Pac-10.
A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Best was also chosen offensive MVP of the Emerald Bowl when he ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Over his final three games vs. Stanford, Washington and Miami - all victories - he totaled 698 yards on just 58 carries.