For the first time in his nine years as Cal's coach, Jeff Tedford enters a spring practice coming off a losing season. Not surprisingly, there are issues.
Tedford started the process of repairing the program during the offseason by replacing five of his assistant coaches and bringing in his second consecutive top-15 recruiting class. But now is when the real improvement needs to begin.
There are several areas in which the Bears need to improve, starting with the not-so-insignificant matter of finding an effective quarterback. Cal also has no experienced tailbacks, a dearth of proven wide receivers and three key defensive players who each will be drafted into the NFL next month. Tedford also has to keep the team focused on the task at hand while it busses to different locations for spring practice sessions.
The following are the top five storylines to watch during Cal's spring practice:
1. Find the frontrunners at quarterback. Tedford has said he likely won't have a starter in place by the end of spring, but he'd like to narrow it down to a top three. There are five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this spring, although redshirt freshman Austin Hinder likely isn't realistically in the mix simply because of his lack of seniority.
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