Golden Nuggets: Allan Bridgford, Zach Kline Praise the Bear Raid's Speed and Simplicity

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The Cal QBs are responding well to the transition to Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. The speed and simplicity of it are a major contrast to the Tedford offense.

Uncle Ted has his eye on the QB competition at Cal. The top candidates for the starting role already speak positively about Dykes' Bear Raid offense.

The initial impressions from Allan Bridgford, Zach Kline,Austin Hinder, Kyle Boehm and Jared Goff? Dykes' up-tempo, spread offense is easier to learn than the pro style offense Cal ran under Jeff Tedford. Bridgford termed it "very simple."

And the pace in practice is much quicker.

"Last year, I felt like I was standing around for 30 minutes before I'd be up again," Bridgford said. "I'd have to get warmed up. Now we're bang, bang, bang with each getting their reps. It's good."

Zach Kline appreciates the simplicity of the new offense.

There are more than a few observers who believe Kline has the inside track. With practices now open -- they were locked down under Tedford -- those observers can arrive at more educated opinions. At this early juncture, it's probably too early to provide much of a stagger, and the quarterbacks themselves are offering no inside information.

Said Kline, "All these guys are studs. I have no idea. I'm just trying to compete."

Kline, who has rethought the "I play guitar for Guns & Roses look," called the offensive transition "smooth." That's not surprising, of course. He's not likely to say, "This new offense is horrible." But he was willing to gently contrast his newfound enthusiasm to what preceded it.

"It wasn't that we weren't hard workers before," he said. "We were hard workers. It just wasn't clicking, you know what I mean?"

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