2009 Cal Bears Football: Will the Bears be Truly Golden This Year?

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2009 Cal Bears Football:  Will the Bears be Truly Golden This Year?

Excitement is building for another year of California Golden Bear football!

After a strong finish last season and a win over the University of Miami, in San Francisco's own Emerald Bowl, Bear backers are hungry for more.

While the Golden Bears have become perennial bowl contenders under coach Jeff Tedford, old and young blues alike long for much more than a "Holiday" or an "Emerald" on their bowl wish list next season.

With the building of a new Student-Athlete High Performance Center underway, and major upgrades planned to Memorial Stadium, the stakes are increasing for Cal to step up and become an elite football program.

There are many questions that revolve around this season, some of which follow here.

Will 2009 be the year of the Bear in the Pac-10, or will USC continue to dominate the conference?

Is Kevin Riley ready to step up and shine as the full-time starting quarterback for Cal, or will fans endure another season long "competition" at quarterback?

Will Jahvid Best be a legitimate top-tier competitor for the Heisman Trophy this year?

Will Cal's defense pick up where they left off last season, as one of the conference's most exciting and opportunistic units?

These and other questions await us as we near the kickoff of what promises to be another exciting campaign in 2009.

This slide show will address some of the more intriguing questions facing the Golden Bears in 2009.

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