California Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    2016 California Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 12, 2016


    2016 California Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    2016 California Spring Football Storylines

    Can Cal be viable without Jared Goff?

    While Goff wasn’t the only reason the Bears won eight games in a season for the first time since 2009, he certainly was the primary one. And now that he’s auditioning for NFL scouts, Cal will attempt to prove it can remain on the ascent without its most influential player in many years. The onus of keeping the Bears on track falls on Sonny Dykes and his staff of assistants. If Cal can develop a worthy successor to Goff and compete for bowl eligibility, an important message of viability will be dispatched. If not, the program risks losing a lot of gained ground.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The offensive line. Relatively speaking, this might be the program’s most stable unit entering the summer. All-star contending OG Chris Borrayo spearheads a veteran group that’ll be in the market for just one new starter in 2016. The Bears did a solid job at the point of attack in 2015, a trend that ought to continue this fall.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    The passing game. Not only must Goff be replaced, but so too will last year’s top six receivers. The Bears aren’t going to win many games with defense, a perennial liability in Berkeley. This is a pass-first operation, so getting the new quarterbacks and receivers on the same page will be an absolute must for Dykes this offseason.

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