5’10”, 195 lbs., 4.42 40-yard dash
2008 (Soph.) Stats: 194 carries for 1580 yards (8.1 YPC) and 15 TD; 27 rec. for 246 yards and one TD
2009 (Junior) Stats: 141 carries for 867 yards (6.1 YPC) and 12 TD; 22 rec. for 213 yards and four TD
Best is a small, speedy back that excelled at Cal from the start.
As a freshman, he had only 221 yards rushing on a team that featured future NFL’ers Justin Forsett and DeSean Jackson. However, he was a special teams ace, being voted All-Pac 10 in that area.
As a sophomore, he took over the lead back role and led the Pac-10 in yards (and finished fifth in the nation) with an impressive 8.1 yards per carry average.
Best looked as if he would be a breakout Heisman candidate in his junior season, but a freaky injury derailed him in late October. A dreadful hit during the Oregon State game left him concussed and suffering a back injury, and he never saw the field again.
All told, he racked up 4,045 all-purpose yards in only 31 games, which is a pretty impressive total.