Nate Longshore
Longshore in September 2006
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-30) June 30, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Canyon Country, California
Career information
College: California
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Jose SaberCats (2011)*
Career highlights and awards
*Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP (2006)

Nathan Dean Longshore (born June 30, 1986) is a former American football quarterback for the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a three-year starter and led the Golden Bears to a share of the Pacific-10 Conference championship in 2006.

High school[edit | edit source]

Longshore graduated from Canyon High School in 2004. He set ten school passing records and rang up 6,750 yards and 64 touchdown passes during his career. rated him the No. 8 "pro-style" quarterback in the nation and the 17th-best overall player in California.[1]

College career[edit | edit source]

2005[edit | edit source]

After redshirting his freshman year, Longshore was chosen to succeed Aaron Rodgers, who left for the NFL, to be California's starting quarterback. Longshore's 2005 season ended in the season's first game with a fibula injury and ligament damage in his ankle against Sacramento State.[2] Joe Ayoob took over starting duties for Longshore.

2006[edit | edit source]

Longshore entered spring practice in 2006 in a heated battle for the starting quarterback job with veteran senior Joe Ayoob. During fall practice, head coach Jeff Tedford named Longshore the starting quarterback the week leading up to Cal's season opener at Tennessee.[3] Coach Jeff Tedford particularly liked Longshore's mental understanding of the game of football.[2] Despite passing for only 85 yards in a lopsided loss to Tennessee and being replaced by Ayoob in the second half of the Tennessee game, Longshore remained the team's starter.[4][5][6] He led the Bears to a 10-3 record, a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time since 1975, and a victory in the 2006 Holiday Bowl. He was named the co-offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl alongside running back Marshawn Lynch

Longshore was particularly effective in his first full season as California's starting quarterback. He became the second quarterback in California school history to throw for 3,000 yards. He was second in the Pac-10 in passing touchdowns with 24 and second in passing efficiency at 141.6. He was an honorable mention Pac-10 honoree and earned various player of the week awards.[1]

2007[edit | edit source]

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Longshore releases a pass under pressure at the Armed Forces Bowl.

Longshore entered 2007 as the established starting quarterback.[4] In the preseason, Longshore was rated as the No. 5 quarterback in the nation by The Sporting News and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him the 3rd best junior quarterback in the country.[1] Longshore lead the Bears to 5-0 start and a number #2 ranking with wins against #15 Tennessee and #11 Oregon, but suffered a sprained right ankle that resulted in a bone spur in California's close victory over Oregon. Longshore missed the Oregon State game, Cal's first loss. He returned to start the Bears' last six regular season games, but he and the Bears were not the same, winning only one game, against Washington State.

Longshore faltered badly over the second half of the season, throwing 11 interceptions compared to 9 touchdowns over the team's final six regular season games. His struggles were particularly apparent in the fourth quarter of close games where he threw several interceptions in critical game situations that prevented California from making comebacks.[7] Longshore started for Cal at the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, but was replaced by backup Kevin Riley in the second quarter, who finished the game and was named the game MVP in Cal's 42-36 victory over Air Force.

The extent to which the ankle injury affected Longshore's performance is uncertain. Some media reports and telecasts have noted the injury on several occasions, some saying it was causing him to limp, while others have claimed that the impact was mental.[7][8][9]

2008[edit | edit source]

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Longshore prepares to throw a pass against Arizona State on October 4.

After a difficult second year, Longshore was looking to 2008 as a fresh start.[10] Coach Jeff Tedford hinted that Longshore and Kevin Riley, Longshore's primary competitor for the quarterback position, would play significant minutes leading into conference play.[11]

On August 30, in Cal's season opener against the Michigan State Spartans, Tedford inserted Longshore for two drives. Both resulted in interceptions, one of which was returned by the Spartans for a touchdown. By comparison, Riley, who quarterbacked for the rest of the game, completed 202 passing yards with two touchdown passes. Tedford announced on September 2 that Riley would be the starter and that Longshore would be the backup.[12] Longshore saw playing time the following week on September 6 in Cal's 66-3 rout of Washington State in Pullman, Washington. He led the Bears in the third quarter and into the fourth, and passed for 53 yards.

Longshore saw playing time three weeks later on September 27 against the Colorado State Rams, replacing a struggling Riley who had thrown for a touchdown and had one interception. Although Longshore's two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter came with the game's outcome beyond doubt in the Bears' 42-7 victory, Tedford reopened the quarterback competition for the following week against Arizona State on October 4.[13] Longshore won the starting job and played the entire game, throwing for 198 yards, including three touchdowns and one interception in the 24-14 victory. The game marked his first start since the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl.

Longshore started the next Cal game, an away game at Arizona. He threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown early in the second half. He was replaced by Riley in the fourth quarter, who was unable to bring the Bears back from a 42-27 deficit. The starting quarterback spot reverted again to Riley the following week against UCLA, who played the entire game in the 41-20 victory.

Riley also started the following week on November 1 against Oregon, but sustained a concussion after being hit in the first quarter when he failed to slide while trying to gain a first down and did not return to the game.[14] Longshore stepped in and led the Bears to a 26-16 upset over the #23 Ducks. Longshore started the following week against USC, during which he threw two interceptions that were negated by penalties against the Trojans defense, although he did lead the Bears on their only scoring drive. He was replaced by Riley in the second half, who was unable to lead the Bears to an upset of the #6 Trojans.

Longshore did not see playing time again until the final regular season game of his college career on December 6 against the winless Washington Huskies when he stepped in for Riley during the second and third quarters. He threw for 84 yards and his 50th career touchdown pass, which moved him up to fourth overall in touchdown passes.[15] He was replaced in the fourth quarter by third-string quarterback Brock Mansion when Cal began playing its backup players to give them some game experience. Longshore's final collegiate game came when he was picked to start for the 2008 Emerald Bowl over Riley, his performances in practice[16] and health[17] being cited as factors. He passed for 121 yards and the game-winning touchdown to freshman tight end Anthony Miller, moving him up to third place alongside Troy Taylor for career touchdown passes.[18]

Post-college career[edit | edit source]

Nate Longshore went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. In April 2009, Longshore was invited to try out for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he decided to go to the Miami Dolphins instead; he was given a three-day rookie mini-camp. After the mini-camp, Longshore was not offered a contract.

In 2010, he took a position as an assistant football coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.[19]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

San Jose SaberCats[edit | edit source]

Longshore signed with the San Jose SaberCats, of the Arena Football League, in February 2011[20] but did not make the team's final roster.[21]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Longshore is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[22] His father Todd Longshore died on April 24, 2006 of a blood clot.[23][24] Older brother Nick Longshore died November 20, 2013 from an ATV accident in Idaho Falls. He was a former offensive lineman for Brigham Young University, graduated in April 2007. His younger brother Ben Longshore was a senior quarterback at his alma mater, Canyon High School of Santa Clarita, California, and walked on to Utah State as a freshman in 2007 [1].[25]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Passing[edit | edit source]

Year Team G-GS Comp-Att Comp% Yards TD INT Long Yds/G QB Rtg
2005 Cal 1-1 8-11 72.7 131 1 1 44 131.0 184.6
2006 Cal 13-13 227-377 60.2 3,021 24 13 62 232.4 141.6
2007 Cal 12-12 230-384 59.9 2,580 16 13 49 215.0 123.3
2008 Cal 7-3 78-133 58.6 846 10 4 74 120.9 125.9
Totals 33-29 543-905 60.0 6,578 51 31 74 199.3 132.1

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2-man race for starting Cal QB
  3. Tedford selects Longshore as Cal's starting QB
  4. 4.0 4.1 Longshore opens camp as the hair apparent
  6. Longshore still has coach's confidence
  7. 7.0 7.1 2007 California Golden Bears football team
  9. Tedford stands by his man
  10. Fresh start for Cal's Longshore
  11. Controversy? What controversy?
  12. Simmons, Rusty (2008-09-03). "Cal's QBs won't rotate / Longshore now typical backup". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  13. "Tedford reopens Cal’s quarterback competition". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2000-09-30.
  14. "Golden Bears Shine in Rainfall vs. Ducks, 26-16". University of California. Archived from the original on 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  15. "Cal vs. Washington Game Notes". University of California. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2000-12-12.
  16. Simmons, Rusty (2008-12-26). "Tedford picks Longshore to start finale". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  17. Simmons, Rusty (2008-12-27). "Longshore's shoulder finally healthy again". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  18. "Emerald Bowl Game Notes". University of California. Archived from the original on 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  19. Sondheimer, Eric (2010-04-15). "Football: Schools filling in coaching staffs". Varsity Times Insider (LA Times). Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  20. "FORMER CAL QUARTERBACK NATE LONGSHORE JOINS SABERCATS". San Jose Sabercats. 2011-02-02. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  21. "Bethel-Thompson finds a home with the SaberCats". 2011-06-16. Archived from the original on 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  22. FitzGerald, Tom (2006-12-22). "ON A MISSION: Cal QB Nate Longshore is a Mormon so his choice about how and when to serve the church could be big for the Bears". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
  23. Clark, Adam (2006-04-26). "Todd Longshore, Santa Clarita Parks Commissioner, Dies at 49". Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
  24. Berman, Shmirit (2006-11-11). "Cal's Quarterback Turns Adversity into Triumph". North Gate News. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
  25. Longshore Triumphs over Tragedy

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