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California Golden Bears 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 49
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 72

The California Golden Bears lacked consistency during 2009. Cal won three games, lost two (blowouts), won 5 of 6 and then lost 2 more. The team needs to develop a more consistent effort and mindset if they are to have a shot at the PAC 10 title.

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Senior quarterback Kevin Riley was a true “Jekyll and Hyde” last season. In the wins, he threw 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. In the losses, he threw three touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior Marvin Jones is a good receiver, but Riley must develop a rapport with other receivers to take pressure off the running game.

Running back Shane Vereen will step in to replace first round draft pick Jahvid Best. While Vereen doesn’t have the same speed as Best, he proved he is capable of producing last year when he rushed for 952 yards and 12 touchdowns. The offensive line returns four starters, but the unit must do a better job of pass blocking for Riley.

The Bears will continue to run their 3-4 scheme, but will have to replace their defensive tackle and sack leader Tyson Alualu. Veteran Derek Hill will start, but what he can do is unknown. The best pass rusher on the team is defensive end Cameron Jordan. He has tremendous potential, but his work ethic is sometimes lacking.

Leading tackler Mike Mohamed returns and will try to lead an inexperienced group of linebackers. The secondary was weak last year, and will likely be in 2010 as well. Free safety Sean Cattouse is talented but the rest of the unit struggled. Veteran cornerback Darian Hagan must do a better job than he did last year for Cal to avoid giving up too many big plays.

2010 looks like it will be another roller coaster ride for the Bears. Once again, they will rely on a talented running back, but that can only take them so far in their quest for a bowl bid.

California’s odds to win the PAC 10 : + 800

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