By Jay Heater
Special to The
BERKELEY, Calif. — The preseason hype has been impressive for a
• A preseason No. 9 ranking in the Associated Press poll, the Bears' highest since 1952 when Pappy Waldorf was the coach.
• A Heisman candidate, running back Marshawn Lynch.
• An Outland Trophy candidate, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
• A Jim Thorpe Award candidate, Daymeion Hughes.
Everything seems to be in place for all those "A Rose Bowl Before I Die" types to start looking at cemetery plots. Everything except a quarterback.
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