Cal Football: Keenan Allen Shines, Who Also Impressed for the Bears in Week 1?
The California Golden Bears came into the 2010 season with question marks at the wide receiver position. One of those questions was could Keenan Allen make an immediate impact for the Bears? That question was more than answered against UC Davis as Allen made an impressive debut.
As Allen made an impact catching the ball with four catches for 120 yards, a long of 48, and one touchdown. He was also used in the backfield as he also had three carries for 38 yards with a long of 18, and he also scored a touchdown. He added one more touch on a kickoff return that went for 18 yards.
So, in his debut Allen touched the ball eight times for 176 yards, which was good for 22 yards per touch, and he also contributed two touchdowns. Not a bad way to start off the season for Allen.
Marvin Jones the Bears number one receiver was overshadowed by Allen, but he contributed nicely for the Bears as he had five catches for 81 yards, a long of 51, and a touchdown.
Allen and Jones had 13 combined touches for 257 yards, good for 19.8 yards per play average, and three touchdowns.
Kevin Riley was impressive in his time on the field for the Bears. He completed 14-20 passes for 258 yards and also threw three touchdown passes. Riley gave way to Beau Sweeney in the third quarter as the Bears opened up a big lead.
Shane Vereen contributed nicely with 14 carries for 67 yards, a long of 11, and two touchdowns. Receiving he caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Vereen had 16 touches for 95 yards, and three touchdowns.
Defensively the Bears stifled the Aggies allowing only four first downs the entire game, the Aggies were 2-13 on third downs, had 81 total yards, averaged 1.8 yards per play, had only 14 yards on 19 carries, had 67 yards passing, with their quarterbacks going a combined 9-25 through the air, the quarterbacks were sacked twice, punted 10 times, and lost a fumble.
Mike Mohamed the leader on defensive had a solid game with seven total tackles and a pass break up. Keith Browner made his presence felt from the outside linebacker position with three total tackle and one sack.
With having an opening game against the Aggies the questions about the Bears still truly haven't been answered.
For example how will the outside linebackers for the Bears play? Browner had three tackles and a sack, Mychal Kendricks the other starting outside linebacker had two tackles, and freshman linebacker David Wilkerson had one tackle.
Combined the outside linebackers had six tackles and a sack on the day.
Another question that needs to be answered is what happens when the secondary is tested? The Bears did a great job in allowing only nine completions on the day and allowing only 67 yards through the air.
Yet, the question remains how will the secondary hold up when the Bears play more talented teams?
With Clancy Pendergast the defense is going to more aggressive and it looks like the defense was as the quarterbacks for the Aggies were rattled and even though the Bears only had two sacks in the game, the Aggies were unable to come up with a big play on offense.
Like with the secondary will that aggressiveness lead to more sacks against the more talented teams in the Pac-10? Will the Bears give up big plays through the air like the team did in 2009?
Finally though on offense besides Jones and Allen what receiver is going to step up for the Bears? Jeremy Ross had two catches but for only 18 yards, Anthony Miller had a catch for seven yards, Solomona Aigamaua had one catch for seven yards, Jacob Wark had a catch for five yards, and Coleman Edmond had a catch for no yards.
The totals for wide receivers and tight ends came to six catches for 37 yards and no touchdowns. As the game was put away early the lack of production from the receivers and tight ends is understandable. As the season progresses the Bears aren't going to be able to rely on just Jones and Allen and will need more from Ross and Miller.
Even with an impressive debut of Allen, the strong play of Jones, Riley, and the defense. The Bears still have questions that need to be answered.
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