There are many reasons Jeff Tedford suffered his first losing season at Cal this fall, but none so big as the quarterback problem. So the most important goal is finding a quarterback who can return the Bears to a bowl, where they are notably absent for the first time in eight years. “We’re going to concentrate on finding that one guy in the spring, so we can work with him for the season,” Tedford said in a recent interview.
Brock Mansion, who ended the season No. 1 after Kevin Riley’s collegiate career was ended by a severe knee injury in the Oregon State game, returns for his senior season, but he’ll have to show much more than he did at the end of the 2010 season. Mansion has shown the ability in practice to make all the throws, but he was tentative and inconsistent in games. “It was like the game was too fast for him,” Tedford said. “We kept waiting for that breakthrough when he’d take charge, but he’d make some nice throws and then just throw one into the dirt. The good thing was that he didn’t turn the ball over.”
In the spring, Tedford said he’ll put Mansion in competitive situations to see if he can develop the poise he needs.
“You can’t do it with 7-on-7 drills,” he said. “It has to be as close as possible to a live game situation.”