Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
Posted Apr 10, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Is Zach Maynard close to taking a step up as a playmaker?

From Dan Greenspan, … That Maynard missed two practices because of academics wasn't exactly an inspiring way to start spring for the transfer from Buffalo, but Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has been quite strong in his praise of the redshirt senior's development.

Maynard did show promise as his first season as starter went along, posting a 3-1 record in November. He'll also have two of the conference's best playmakers in running back Isi Sofele and wide receiver Keenan Allen at his disposal, but his decision-making in the biggest games will be what determines Cal's fate. Against the super-athletic defenses of Oregon, USC, UCLA and Texas, Maynard accounted for 10 turnovers against two touchdowns while completing only 53 percent of his passes.

Is Jeff Tedford on any sort of a hot seat?

The hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the renovated Memorial Stadium and new football complex and weight room and general stagnation of the program certainly increases the pressure Tedford faces. Considering the Bears will be prohibitive underdogs in back-to-back trips to Ohio State and USC in Sept., perhaps the play to satiate the restless natives will be turning over the reins to highly-touted Elite 11 signal-caller Zach Kline, hope for a late-season surge and create some hope for 2013.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

Considering all the turmoil that resulted from the loss of defensive line coach and top recruiter Tosh Lupoi to Washington earlier this year, it might seem strange that the position is emerging as one of the real strengths for the Golden Bears. Cal brought in a lot of talent on the line over the past few years and seems set to pay great dividends at a crucial time.

True sophomore Mustafa Jalil played quite a bit last season and should form a tremendous tandem at defensive end with redshirt junior Deandre Coleman that should match or even exceed the production Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu delivered last season.

Factor in the return of Aaron Tipoti and Kendrick Payne at nose guard, the defensive line should be able to help offset the loss of massively-productive inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt, who combined for 189 total tackles last season, and handle the proliferation of spread offenses across the Pac-12.

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?