Spring 2011 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers
provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real
world of college football.
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Throw More?
Boise State's Move To The Mountain West Matter?
Have Things Changed At Colorado Under Jon Embree?
California's Next Superstar?
Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready?
Q: Is there more pressure than normal on Jeff Tedford and California after a few years of mediocrity? Who’s going to be the next great Cal offensive superstar?
From Mario Gomez, CalSportsDigest.com … There's pressure on Tedford, but after two stellar recruiting classes and the completion of new football facilities and stadium renovation on the horizon, fans remain optimistic. However, another losing campaign will certainly turn up the heat.
Keenan Allen is a budding superstar. He can become Cal's next DeSean Jackson if a QB can get him the ball. Whether catching passes, running reverses or returning kicks, he has the ability to score each time he touches the ball.
The QB battle this spring will be very interesting. Senior Brock Mansion and junior Beau Sweeney, who were the No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and the end of last season appear to be out of the race this spring. Buffalo transfer Zach Maynard, redshirt freshman Austin Hinder and sophomore Allan Bridgeford are the front runners to emerge as the starter. Maynard, Keenan Allen's older brother, and Hinder both have the capability to make a play with legs - something the Bears would like to have in the playbook in 2011. Bridgeford is more of a classic drop back pocket passer.