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A quick-hit look at the 2006 California Bears:
As if the Bears didn't already offer a full array of innovative plays out of their standard pro set, now they've brought in coordinator Mike Dunbar, who directed the spread offense of Northwestern. Nate Longshore, a sophomore, won the job last year but was injured in the first quarter of the season opener. He has skills and can make all the throws. If he falters, look for Tedford to go to senior Joe Ayoob or redshirt freshman Kyle Reed. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,246 yards last season despite missing two games with injuries and sharing time with Justin Forsett, who might lead the Pac-10 in rushing if he weren't Lynch's backup.
The Bears try to keep things fairly basic in their standard 4-3, the primary goal being to limit big plays, and that certainly played out well last season with so many new starters. This unit's experience probably now can handle more variety, but the question might be whether that's necessary considering the abilities of the seven returning starters. Brandon Mebane, the tackle who recorded seven sacks last season, will dominate offenses and mandate double-teams. The linebackers, with Desmond Bishop in the middle, are battle- tested.
Head coach Jeff Tedford didn't lose much when he replaced two assistants and an offensive coordinator in the offseason. He lured Dan Ferrigno away from
In 2005--a rebuilding year--three of
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Nov. 18 at USC
Dec. 2 Stanford
GOLDEN BEARS DATA
Coach: Jeff Tedford (33-17, 4 years)
Offensive coordinator: Mike Dunbar (1st year)
Defensive coordinator: Bob Gregory (5th year)
Offensive scheme: Multiple
Defensive scheme: 4-3
Last league title won: 1975 (tie)
Last year not in a bowl: 2002
2005 record: 8-4, 4-4/T4th Pac-10