2009 California Golden Bears Football Preview
2009 California Golden Bears season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official California Golden Bears football preview as well as the 2009 California Golden Bears Football Schedule. Haven't had much luck beating your bookie? This season up your chances and order Maddux's winning college football picks.
Coach: Jeff Tedford (8th year at California)
Team Name: Golden Bears
2008 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 15
In 2008, the Golden Bears of California (9-4 overall, 6- 3 Pac-10) finished fourth in the Pac-10. They went on to play the Miami Hurricanes in the Emerald Bowl, beating them 24- 17. This season expectations are extremely high for this team. How far can these Bears go?
On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Bears proved that they could score points, averaging 32.6 PPG (27th nationally). Junior RD Jahvid Best (194 CAR, 1,580 YDs, 15 TDs), who was the top rusher in the conference last season, is back and that’s great news for the Bears. Best averaged 8.1 YPC in 2008. Despite the loss of All-American center Alex Mack the frontline is talented and deep. The passing attack, which was rated 83rd last year, should be better. Junior QB Kevin Riley (221 ATT, 112 COMP, 1,360 YDs, 6 INTs, 14 TDs) will man the post himself this season after sharing it in 2008 with Nate Longshore. His experience plus a more experienced receiving squad should help make this a better unit. Seniors Nyan Boateng (29 REC, 439 YDs, 5 TDs) and Verran Tucker (21 REC, 362 YDs, 3 TDs) showed progress last season. They need to develop as consistent threats this year.
In 2008, California decided to go with a new look and fielded a 3-4 look on “D.” It worked great as the Bears held opponents to just 19.9 PPG (23rd nationally). The three starters upfront return to the line. Senior DE Tyson Alualu (62 TKLs, 6 SKs, 5 TFL) is back as the team’s top returning sack man. The linebacking unit will miss three important starters, including Zack Follett who had 10.5 sacks and 12.4 tackles for a loss. Look for players such as junior Michael Mohammed (87 TKLs, 3 SKs, 3 TFL, 3 INTs) to step up. The secondary is rich in talent, skill and experience. Senior corner Syd’Quan Thompson had four picks last year.
On special teams, there is both good and bad news. The bad news is the punt coverage squad, which was ranked 102nd nationally in 2008 and the kickoffs of Giogio Tavecchio, which tended to fall short. The good news includes Tavecchio’s extra points (25-of-25) and field goals (9-of-13). Even better news concerns the punting game. Punter Bryan Anger (71 Punts, 3,063YDs, 43.1 AVG, 26 In20) is one of the most exacting in the nation. Punt returner Thompson averaged a hefty 12.3 YPR and kick returner Best was good for 26.3 YPR.
Jeff Tedford (59- 30 in seven seasons with California) has proven to be a topnotch coach, averaging 8.4 wins per season and guiding the team to four straight bowl victories. As usual, this year he’s managed to recruit some premium prospects while bringing back a total of 13 starters. Last season, the Bears lost to conference opponents USC, Oregon State and Arizona. They meet Oregon State on November 7 and Arizona on November 14; both are home games and could be victories. The rematch with Maryland on September 5 marks the club’s home opener. It’s a big game, since last season’s 35- 27 victory by the Terrapins over the Golden Bears was California’s only non-conference loss. This year, the Golden Bears stand a good chance of finishing either second or third in the Pac-10 and earning an invite to a middle tier bowl.
California Golden Bears Football Schedule
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