By Rob Calonge
As we near the end of our top 10 list of most valuable Bears in 2009, we get to what I think may be my very favorite of the group. For those of you just joining the conversation, this list is not about which Bear is the most talented, or who will have the best season. No, this list is about who the Golden Bears need playing well in order for their preseason rankings to end up being justified.
My disdain for the pre-preseason rankings is what inspired me to create this list, because without these guys, and without them playing well, those rankings that you've been reading about lately are nothing but letters on a page computer screen. Some of my selections are based on the player winning the starting job in camp, but in those situations the position merits the importance just as much as the player. All the players play a part in the winning tradition of a program like Cal's, but not everyone plays a role as important as some.