We covered greatest strengths for Cal last week. Now it's time for biggest weakness!
Looking down the roster and depth chart, what position or group of positions do you feel the most apprehensive about, and why?
ragnarok: Do we even have a punter on our roster? I'd say that position makes me a wee bit apprehensive. Although perhaps Bryan Anger has spoiled me.
Ohio Bear: As I have been for many years now, I'm worried about the quarterback position. Zach Maynard, to his credit, improved a great deal from the beginning to the end of last season. (Anyone who wants to disparage Jeff Tedford's "QB guru" reputation should compare Maynard vs. Fresno State (Game 1) to Maynard vs. Stanf*rd and Arizona State (Games 11 and 12). Aaron Rodgers, he's not. Nate Longshore 2006 he's not. But there was real improvement for which Tedford should receive some level of credit.)
That said, I still worry. Maynard is better, but he still doesn't strike you as being the steady guy who minimizes mistakes. And if Maynard goes down with an injury, I am just not sure about Allen Bridgford at this point. It is very difficult for me to look at our quarterback situation and lack apprehension.
HydroTech: I'd have to agree with Vincent S that our biggest weakness is probably WR depth. Keenan Allen is great, but one man can only do so much. We're going to need other players to step up and be a passing threat on the other side of the field. Who is that person going to be? We don't know. Are they going to be any good? We don't know.
atomsareenough: I think WR depth may well be an issue, especially early on, but am I wrong in believing that WR is one of the few positions where talented freshman can make an real impact? Well, we've got a lot of talented freshmen coming in. As long as you run your routes well and understand the blocking schemes, it's really about your ability to separate and make the catch. I think Maurice Harris and Bryce Treggs are both going to show well this season, and probably one of the new guys that we're not necessarily expecting a lot from just yet might show some flashes. I think by the end of the season hopefully we'll be looking at WR as a strength of the team.
Kodiak: I'm actually most worried about our inside linebackers. We'll have two new starters. Because Coach Pendergast likes to use his OLBs aggressively, it's really important that the ILBs make the right reads with regards to playing coverage or filling the right gap.
I'm also interested in seeing how Schwenke does at center. That was a huge issue for us last year because of the consistently inconsistent snaps, but it remains to be seen if Schwenke can do better. Interesting that Adcock is behind him; I don't remember him being a center either when he was recruited. I wonder how far away Matt Cochran is from seeing the field.