As the California Golden Bears prepare for their 2012 schedule, both the team and its fans understand the pivotal nature of the coming season.
Since his fantastic rebuilding of the program began nearly a decade ago, head coach Jeff Tedford has slowly inched himself towards the hot seat. 2010 saw the former Oregon assistant record his first losing season with the Bears before bouncing back to a 7-6 record last year behind a strong defense and breakout QB Zach Maynard.
The lucky recipient of a freshly renovated Memorial Stadium, the pressure is now on for Tedford to prove that he deserved every cent of that remodel. He will have to do so while replacing key starters on both offense and defense, including several potential pros.
With so many spots on the Bears' depth chart showing question marks, next season will almost certainly feature some growing pains as Tedford hopes to return to his former glory.
So which spots on the chart should worry fans the most? Click ahead to find out....