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Longshore bound for Miami

Media reports have former Canyon High quarterback trying out with the Dolphins

Posted: April 28, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
It appears that Canyon graduate Nate Longshore does have a destination.

According to various media reports, including one from the San Francisco Chronicle, the former Cal quarterback will try out for the Miami Dolphins at their rookie training camp.

A message to Longshore was not returned, but a family source confirmed that he is flying to Miami today.

Longshore played in all 13 games in 2008 for Cal, throwing for 1,051 yards with 10 touchdowns to four interceptions.

But his career took its share of turns.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 233 pound quarterback earned the starting quarterback job in 2005 as a redshirt freshman, but injured his ankle in his debut.

Nonetheless, he bounced back in 2006 to throw for 3,021 yards and 24 touchdowns. Longshore was named co-MVP of the 2006 Holiday Bowl and came into the 2007 season rated by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper as the nation’s No. 3 junior quarterback.

Injury and inconsistency in 2007 opened the door for backup quarterback Kevin Riley, who ended up splitting time with Longshore in 2008.

Yet Longshore was given the start in his final game, a 24-17 Cal victory over Miami in the Emerald Bowl Dec. 27.

Longshore was 10-of-21 for 121 yards and a touchdown in the game.

He did not get drafted in this past weekend’s NFL Draft.

The only player with local ties to get drafted was former College of the Canyons and Arizona State safety Troy Nolan, who went in the seventh round to the Houston Texans.

Valencia graduate and former Oregon State wide receiver Shane Morales signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.


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