Friday, August 27, 2010

SF Chronicle: Five Keys for Cal

By John Crumpacker

Five keys for Cal

1. The life of Riley - Kevin Riley must become a consistent leader and not someone who traverses the peaks and valleys.

2. Freshmen, what say you? - Keenan Allen is a likely starter at receiver and Kaelin Clay will be in the mix. Watch, too, for running back Dasarte Yarnway, linebackers David Wilkerson and Steven Fanua, and cornerback Steve Williams.

3. Float like a butterfly, sting like a linebacker - Much is expected of inside linebacker Mike Mohamed, last year's leading tackler in the Pac-10.

4. Coach 'em up - The Bears lost four conference games by an aggregate 145-30 last season. That can't happen again. It's up to Jeff Tedford to keep his team from plunging into despair when the going gets tough.

5. Take a fancy to Clancy - New defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, late of the NFL's Cardinals, promises an attacking unit. Let's see this man, who came within one brilliant catch by Santonio Holmes of winning a Super Bowl, deliver.

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