Cal's Best talks concussions, knockout shot

INDIANAPOLIS--California running back Jahvid Best is tweaking his game.

One of this year's top running back prospects, Best suffered arguably the most viscous head-shot of the 2009 season as he went air born for a touchdown in the second quarter of a game against Oregon State and had his legs taken out from under him.

The next thing Best remembers, he was waking up in the hospital.

"I remember all the way up until the point where I was asleep," Best said at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday afternoon. "I remember the play, I remember jumping in the air and the next thing I remember is being in the hospital."

The junior tailback rushed for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns before having his season cut short after suffering his second concussion of the year--which came in the Oregon State game. As April's draft approaches, Best knows he'll need to prove he's physically ready to enter the violent world of the NFL.

"There's obviously a lot of concern about it. We went to the best to get some answers. So we went to Mickey Collins in Pittsburgh and I've seen him twice and he cleared me. He's known as the best, so his words mean a lot."

Collins--who practices at the University of Pittsburgh--has examined several top NFL running backs, including Brian Westbrook and Clinton Portis.

"Micky Collins said I should be fine and any other concussion that I may get in the future would have nothing to do with the one I had in the past. From now on, it's just a clean slate."

Still, despite being cleared to pursue a career as an NFL running back, Best still remembers that day against Oregon State. When asked if his future plans included jumping near the goal line, Best had this to say.

"Oh yeah. That's not going to be part of my game anymore."

If you're wondering why, check out the video below.

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