Tedford, Jeff
Football
The Tedford name is synonymous with success, quarterbacks and high-scoring offenses. As a record-breaking quarterback under Jim Sweeney at Fresno State, he led the Bulldogs to the 1982 PCAA conference title and a last-second 29-28 victory over Bowling Green in the California Bowl. _As an offensive coordinator, he was pivotal in the rise to national prominence enjoyed by the University of Oregon in the late 1990s. _As the head coach at California, starting in 2002, he rebuilt a program that had gone 1-10 the year before and hadn't had a winning season since 1993. When he left Cal after 11 seasons, Tedford held school records for victories (82), conference victories (50), bowl victories (5), games coached (139) and most Big Game victories vs. Stanford (7). During Tedford's reign, Cal finished in the Coaches Poll Top 25 four times, highlighted by a No. 9 national ranking during a 10-2 campaign in 2004. And he was the two-time Pac-10 Coach of the year. _But the numbers, glossy as they are, don't begin to tell the whole story. Tedford earned acclaim for his ability to develop players, particularly quarterbacks. As a Fresno State assistant, he took Trent Dilfer from a raw talent into a first-round draft pick. With Oregon, he worked with future first-round picks Joey Harrington and Akili Smith and, at Cal, he oversaw the maturation of Aaron Rogers and Kyle Boller. Under Tedford, the Bears had eight players eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in a season, including future NFL star Marshawn Lynch. _Tedford earned all-league honors as a quarterback at Warren High School in Downey, and played two years at Cerritos College before coming to Fresno State, where he threw 35 TD passes in two seasons. After Fresno State, he played six seasons in the Canadian Football League. At the time of his FAHOF induction, Tedford was offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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