Position Preview: Quarterback

Position Previews: Running Backs | Receivers | O-line | Secondary | D-line Linebackers | Special Teams The Year That Was Kevin Riley declared that 2010 would be his best season ever.  Things didn’t go according to plan. Though Riley’s offensive line didn’t make it easy for him, the fifth-year senior
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Position Preview: Offensive Line

The Year That Was The boys up front were as inconsistent as the rest of Cal’s offense in 2010. They helped running back Shane Vereen surpass the 1,000-yard mark on the ground — though he often had to work for those gains. That doesn’t paint the whole picture, however. When
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Position Preview: Receivers

The Year That Was When Keenan Allen put on an opening-day show against UC Davis, it looked like the Bears had the makings of a top-flight receiving tandem. And while Allen and Marvin Jones were both steady in 2010, you had the feeling that the fall could have featured more.
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Position Preview: Running Back

The Year That Was Shane Vereen was very good, as everyone expected. At times, he was Cal’s only semblance of an offense. Those times increased in frequency after October, after senior quarterback Kevin Riley’s season-ending injury at Oregon State.

The Week(est) Links: Nostalgia Edition

Visit our football blog every Friday for a round-up of the week’s news about the Pac-12 and college football. With the Pac-12 era officially beginning this summer, the folks over at the University of Arizona’s Daily Wildcat have put together a list of the Pac-10 era’s top moments, players and
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Position Preview: Defensive Line

The Year That Was Cal’s defense excelled in 2010, and All-Pac-10 defensive end Cameron Jordan was a primary reason why. He had 62 tackles, 12.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks his senior season. Jordan, along with fellow starting end Ernest Owusu and nose tackle Derrick Hill, anchored the Bears’
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Position Preview: Linebackers

The Year That Was New defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast brought some aggression to the Cal defense, and it resulted in a team that produced the second-most sacks in the Pac-10, up from fourth a year prior. (The Bears’ 34 sacks was behind only Stanford’s 36, and the Cardinal played an
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DeSean’s return or Marshawn’s run?

Before Abby Wambach’s last-minute goal for the U.S. women’s national team made it all moot, two former Cal stars were in the running for Best Play at the ESPYs. First, there’s DeSean Jackson’s scintillating last-second punt return that shell-shocked the New York Giants and — even more impressively — elicited signs
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Position Preview: Secondary

The Year That Was Cal was statistically the best defensive team in the Pac-10 last season, and that had a lot to do with its secondary. The Bears ranked first in pass defense, giving up just 187 yards per game in the air and 15 touchdown passes, both tops in
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Position Preview: Special Teams

The Year That Was A mixed bag on most fronts. Giorgio Tavecchio blew key field goals against Arizona and Oregon and made a few long ones that didn’t end up winning any games. The senior improved on kickoffs, but remained a middling placekicker, finishing fifth in the Pac-10 in field goals
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