Cal Football: 7 Best Offensive Players for 2011

Evan HowardCorrespondent IIJuly 13, 2011

Cal Football: 7 Best Offensive Players for 2011

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    The Bears had one of their worst finishes in recent memory finishing with a 5-7 record and eighth in the PAC 10.

    Jeff Tedford has showed glimpses of greatness throughout his tenure in Berkeley, but if this year goes south quickly, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears start looking to replace him.  

    The Bears have an unknown offense to many people around then nation with no iconic figures like they have had in recent memory (Aaron Rodgers, DeSean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch).

    If the Golden Bears win their first couple of games, they could sneak into the middle of the pack in the 2011 PAC 12 standings. 

Anthony Miller, TE

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    He did not have a very good season last year, but to be honest I completely blame Cal’s horrible quarterbacks. 

    Even if he had no catches, I would still always blame the quarterbacks at Cal.  He is built like a truck at 6’3 inches 260 pounds.  He has good hands and runs pretty good routes, enough to separate from slow inside linebackers. 

    He had 13 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown last year.  I expect his to at least double if not triple his output next season. 

Mitchell Schwartz, LT

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    Cal is lucky that they will have a good left tackle for their inexperienced quarterback next season.  Mitchell Schwartz is one of the best offensive linemen in the PAC-12 and he proved that with his first team all PAC-10 last season. 

    If Cal has any chance to have a non losing season next year, it will greatly depend on how well Mitchell Schwartz and the Golden Bears offensive line holds up.

Justin Cheadle, OG

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    As one of the two returning starters to the Golden Bears offensive line, Justin Cheadle is going to have to teach his follow lineman to learn how to protect their quarterback. 

    The Bears offensive line was not good last season and if they stand a chance next year, Justin Cheadle and Mitchell Schwartz are going to have to provide the most support.

Marvin Jones, WR

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    Going into his senior season, Marvin Jones has showed potential for way too long.  To his credit, he has had horrible quarterback throwing him the ball, but to have his best season at only 50 receptions and 765 yards is not good enough. 

    I think that if the Bears want to be successful, the passing game must work; especially between Zach Maynard and Marvin Jones. 

    Besides he is a major disappointment compared to the last player to wear the number one for the Golden Bears.

Keenan Allen, WR/KR

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    Coming in as the most highly touted recruit in the 2010 class, Keenan Allen had a very good year.  He transitioned from safety to wide receiver and flourished. 

    He had 46 catches, 490 yards and five touchdowns.  He should have chemistry with Zach Maynard since they are cousins. 

    If Isi Sofele can make the defense honor the run, the Bears’ wide receivers should definitely get some favorable one on one match ups.

Zach Maynard, QB

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    Now I know he hasn’t played an offensive down for the Bears but I think Zach Maynard will be the make or break part of their season. 

    He is a duel threat quarterback being able to beat you with his speed and his arm.  He has very little experience after only playing for Buffalo for one season. 

    He is the cousin of fellow Bear, Keenan Allen, so hopefully the two are already comfortable with each other’s play.

Isi Sofele, RB

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    This entire season relies on the shoulders of Isi Sofele. He had 338 rushing yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry last year. He is not a very big running back, but he is very fast. 

    He is going to have to use his allusiveness and quickness to escape the bigger interior lineman. There are other backs who should be able to take a couple of carries. But for the Bears to have any chance at all, Sofele needs to have a 1,000-yard season.