Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Pac-10 football: A team-by-team look at what to expect this fall

Everything but Cal has been ommitted...to read the whole thing, click here:

Marshawn Lynch's runs, and maybe a rebuilt passing game, will carry Cal.
Storyline: Bears looked to replace several key offensive performers and most of their defense from a 10-2 team.
New doin's: Highly touted JC QB Joe Ayoob struggled to learn Jeff Tedford's offense, and RS freshman Nate Longshore grabbed the lead entering fall.
What happened: RB Marshawn Lynch is dynamite but might not have the complementary passing game enjoyed by departed J.J. Arrington. ... OL, with four starters back, might rival USC's as best in the Pac-10. ... WRs Noah Smith and David Gray each had promising moments. ... On defense, Bears looking for leaders, but they get back rehabbed starters Tosh Lupoi (DE) and Donnie McClesky (SS). ... Key newcomers will be JC All-America LB Desmond Bishop (JC teammate of Ayoob), JC DE Nuu Tafisi, JC WR Lavell Hawkins and freshman WR DeSean Jackson.
Fun fact: On first day of season-ticket sales, Bears sold more than 5,000, twice the number that went in 2004.
Fall call: Don't expect Bears to unveil a lot the week before they travel to Washington on Sept. 10; they open with Sacramento State. If Cal can get by the Huskies, it should be 5-0 going to UCLA on Oct. 8.

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