Report: Former Cal Golden Bears Standout Jahvid Best Back As Student Assistant Coach

Jahvid Best (4) looks for yardage against Stanford in the 2008 Big Game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Best will reportedly be joining the Cal coaching staff as a student assistant. (Photo by John Martinez Pavliga/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Jahvid Best (4) looks for yardage against Stanford in the 2008 Big Game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Best will reportedly be joining the Cal coaching staff as a student assistant. (Photo by John Martinez Pavliga/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

According to a report, former Cal Golden Bears standout Jahvid Best will be back with the football program next season as a student assistant coach.

Best, whose NFL career was cut short by concussions, will be back on campus to finish his degree and will help out with the football program, according to the Golden Bear Report.

Best did not play at all for the Detroit Lions in 2012 after being sidelined by concussions in 2011. In January 2013, he was told he would not be cleared to resume his career.

Best rushed for 555 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie in Detroit, starting nine of 16 games, while also notching 58 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns.

He earned the starting job in 2011, but only played in six games because of recurring concussions. He rushed for 390 yards and two touchdowns and had 27 catches for 287 yards and a score.

He was the 30th overall pick in the first round by the Lions in 2010 after rushing for 2,668 yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons with the Golden Bears.

Best rushed for 1,580 yards and 15 scores in 2008, leading the Pac-10 conference in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage, as well as with his 8.1 yards per carry.

But he was limited to nine games as a junior after sustaining a devastating concussion  against Oregon State on this play:

His career-high was 311 yards against Washington on Dec. 6, 2008, and he also had two 200-yard games that season.

In the pro ranks, Best rushed for a career-best 163 yards on 12 carries on Oct. 10, 2011, against the Chicago Bears.

Topics: Cal Golden Bears Football, Jahvid Best

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