By Rob Calonge
Coach Jeff Tedford released his final depth chart prior to the start of the season on Saturday. Most of the first team on both sides of the ball won't surprise many Bear Backers, but there are a few revelations. As reported on Monday, Kevin Riley will be the starter at quarterback for the Golden Bears. He'll be backed up by Brock Mansion and Beau Sweeney--in that order. Another non-surpise is Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen as the top two tailbacks on the roster. Is it too late to jump on that bandwagon and predict 3,000 yards rushing between the two for the season? The offensive line is set with Mike Tepper at left tackle, Matt Summers-Gavin at left guard, Chris Guarnero at center, Justin Cheadle at right guard, and Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle. The only surprise out of that group, to me, is the right guard position. Senior Chet Teofilo was a front-runner heading into camp, but Cheadle really came on to take the job.
The fullback position will be given to senior Brian Holley, and he'll have Will Kapp backing him up. Once again, the Golden Bears are well-stocked at this position. At the tight end position, Anthony Miller, Skylar Curran, Spencer Ladner, and Jarrett Sparks are on the chart in that order.