We Cal fans are generally an angsty bunch. 50+ years without a Rose Bowl will do that to you, I suppose. We have plenty of reason to fret this offseason. In case you're feeling a little too optimistic after spring ball, Uncle Ted has you covered with three lingering questions for the team.
1. Who's the QB? Dykes provided no pecking order between redshirt freshman Zach Kline, freshman Jared Goff and junior Austin Hinder on the post-spring depth chart. While Kline is generally viewed as the favorite among the hoi polloi, Dykes seemed to step back from his statement late in spring practices that Kline had "made a move" during the Pac-12 coaches teleconference this week.
2. Healthy? A lot of key players missed all or a lot of spring practices, including the top two running backs, Brendan Bigelow and Daniel Lasco, and tight end Richard Rodgers and OT Bill Tyndall, who broke his ankle during spring practices. While the word is all are expected to be ready to go in August, that is always written in pencil.
3. Brutal welcome to Berkeley for Dykes: Cal may play the toughest schedule in the nation. It includes eight teams with legitimate top-25 aspirations and three teams that are likely to be in the preseason top 5: Stanford, Oregon and Ohio State. It could be a slog, and the challenge for Dykes will be keeping his team focused and positive.
Anyone need a hug?
- Cal is 10th in Uncle Ted's post-spring power rankings.
- Wilner ranks the Pac-12 teams according to QB comfort level. Cal is dead last.
- The St. Louis rams officially confirmed that they have signed Eric Stevens as a free agent.
- Lavelle Hawkins signed with the New England Patriots.
- Allen Crabbe keeps climbing Chad Ford's Big Board. He is up to the #21 spot.
- ESPN's latest mock draft has Allen Crabbe joining the Denver Nuggets as the 27th overall pick.
- Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray have accepted invitations to next week's USA Basketball trials.
- The Bears were named Cal's team of the year at the annual Oskis.
- Michael Kim has become the first Bear to be named a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. Kim is one of three players in contention for the annual award given to the nation's top collegiate player.
- Kim was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Coach Desimone was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.