2010 Cal Football Season Outlook
When Cal takes the field for the first time in 2010, the Golden Bears will do so as one of the most accomplished Pac-10 teams of the last eight years. Cal's 67 victories (an average of 8.4 wins per season) are the second-most by a Pac-10 team during that period. The Bears have a current school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning seasons, making head coach Jeff Tedford one of only eight FBS coaches with an active run of at least that length. Cal has also won five bowl games, made seven bowl appearances and won seven Big Games over Stanford during Tedford's tenure - all at least equaling school records for a Cal coach.
The goal for Cal is to turn all the success of the last eight years into a Rose Bowl trip by winning the Pac-10 title in a competitive conference that fielded seven bowl teams a year ago.
"Our goal is to win a Pac-10 title," said Tedford, in his ninth season at Cal and the longest-tenured among Pac-10 head coaches.
The 2010 Bears have 19 players returning that started at least five games a year ago with three of those - Bryan Anger (Jr., P), Anthony Miller (Jr., TE) and Mike Mohamed (Sr., LB) - earning 2010 preseason All-American honors.
The trio is joined by 10 teammates - Sean Cattouse (Jr., DB), Chris Guarnero (Sr., OL), Derrick Hill (Sr., DL), Marvin Jones (Jr., WR), Cameron Jordan (Sr., DL), Mychal Kendricks (Jr., LB), Jeremy Ross (Sr., WR/RET), Mitchell Schwartz (Jr., OL), Matt Summers-Gavin (So., OL) and Shane Vereen (Jr., TB) - that have notched preseason All-Pac-10 honors.
Add in an experienced senior quarterback in Kevin Riley that has won 15 of his 23 career starts and the pieces look to be in place for Cal to once again be a strong competitor for the conference crown in 2010.
"We have a strong group of core players that have experience and talent," said Tedford. "I'm excited to get the 2010 season started."
Another reason to be optimistic for both 2010 and beyond is the recruiting class the Bears signed last February that ranked as high as No. 11 nationally by Rivals.
"We feel like we addressed a lot of our needs," said Tedford. "The class has a good balance of offense and defense, size, athleticism and speed. We're looking forward to several members of this group coming in and competing to make contributions right away."
Players on the 2010 roster will have the opportunity to play for one of the top coaching staffs in the nation, a group that has combined for 130 seasons of coaching experience at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level and added another 23 campaigns in the NFL.
"We have a fantastic group of coaches who will educate the young men in our program both in football and life," said Tedford. "We have always had a tremendous coaching staff that cares about our players on and off the field."
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Genyk are the two newest members of the staff that also includes second-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who had Cal's offense ranked in the top half of the Pac-10 in nearly every offensive category in 2009. Kevin Daft (wide receivers), Ron Gould (associate head coach/running backs), Tosh Lupoi (defensive line), Steve Marshall (offensive line), Al Simmons (defensive backs) and Kenwick Thompson (recruiting coordinator/linebackers) also return to the full-time coaching staff from last year.
Pendergast has been an NFL defensive coordinator the past six seasons and was in that role for the Arizona Cardinals when the team reached Super Bowl XLIII following the 2008 season.
"Clancy has been a defensive coordinator on football's biggest stage and has already been a tremendous asset to our football program before he has even coached a game at Cal," said Tedford. "He did a tremendous job this past spring installing our defense. Our players adapted quickly to the aggressive schemes he and his defensive staff will work with them to employ."
Tedford is also excited to add the services of the versatile Genyk, a former head coach at Eastern Michigan who has a resume that encompasses 18 seasons as a collegiate coach.
"Jeff is a well-rounded coach that has proven he has all the qualities we are looking for in members of our coaching staff," said Tedford. "I am excited to see what our special teams unit will do this season. Our guys made vast improvements under his leadership in the spring."
Cal will be faced with the challenge of replacing 10 starters from last year's club, including first-round NFL Draft picks in defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars, 10th overall) and tailback Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions, 30th overall). Alualu, along with defensive back Syd'Quan Thompson (Denver Broncos) and offensive lineman Mike Tepper (Dallas Cowboys) were first-team All-Pac-10 players in 2009. Best began last year's campaign as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and still earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors despite missing the final four games of the season due to injury.
The 2010 campaign marks Cal's final season in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium, which has already begun undergoing renovations that will move the Bears' 2011 home schedule to AT&T Park in San Francisco before Cal returns to Berkeley in 2012.
Cal has seven games on its 2010 home slate beginning with a season-opening visit from UC Davis on Sept. 4 for a game that will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California. Other home opponents include Colorado (Sept. 11, Fox Sports Net), UCLA (Oct. 9) and Arizona State (Oct. 23), before the Bears conclude the 2010 regular season with three consecutive Pac-10 home contests against Oregon (Nov. 13), Stanford (Nov. 20, Fox Sports Net) and Washington (Nov. 27).
The Bears' first 2010 road game will be at Nevada on Sept. 17 for a nationally-televised Friday night ESPN2 tilt. Cal will also play at Arizona to start its Pac-10 slate on Sept. 25, as well as at USC (Oct. 16, Fox Sports Net), Oregon State (Nov. 30) and Washington State (Nov. 6).
Additional television broadcast dates are expected to be announced at a later date. The following is a position-by-position look at the Bears heading into the 2010 campaign.
In addition to the four offensive linemen, the Bears return a quarterback in senior Kevin Riley who has a 15-8 record in 23 career starts and threw for 2,850 yards a year ago, as well as their top rusher and receiver in juniors Shane Vereen (952 yards, 12 TD) and Marvin Jones (43 receptions, 651 yards, 6 TD).
"We have an experienced group of offensive players both on the line and at the skill positions that we are counting on to perform at a high level this season," said Tedford.
16 - Allan Bridgford (6-3, 201, RFR, RS)
7 - Austin Hinder (6-4, 185, FR, HS)
10 - Brock Mansion (6-5, 232, JR, 2V)
13 - Kevin Riley (6-2, 224, SR, 3V)
9 - Beau Sweeney (6-2, 217, SO, 1V)
14 - Ryan Wertenberger (6-2, 222, SO, SQ)
There will be competition for the starting quarterback role once again just as the Bears have had for the last couple of seasons.
"We will have competition for the starting quarterback job in 2010," confirmed Tedford. "Kevin Riley has a bit of an edge at the start of training camp because of the amount of game experience he has, but we have other quarterbacks that will challenge him for the starting spot. It's a good situation to know that we have more than one player capable of doing the job."
Riley started all 13 games in 2009 and quietly posted impressive totals, passing for 2,850 yards to rank fourth on the Bears' all-time single-season list. He completed 209-of-382 passes with 18 touchdowns to tie for 10th on the school's single-season list, while being picked off eight times. Riley is the Pac-10's active career leader in wins (15) and touchdown passes (37), while equaling the 28 games played by Washington's Jake Locker and ranking second to Locker's 28 starts.
Riley is already among Cal's all-time leaders in touchdown passes (8th), 300-yard passing games (2, 9th) and 250-yard passing games (6, 10th), and on the verge of moving into the school's top 10 on several other lists.
Sweeney moved into the team's No. 2 quarterback role in 2009 after opening the season in the third spot on the depth chart. He appeared in his first three collegiate games, completing 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards.
Mansion, who doubles as the team's holder, threw only one incomplete pass in 2009 after seeing spot duty the previous season when he was 3-of-6 for 26 yards in late-game situations.
27 - Mitchel Bartolo (5-8, 180, FR, HS)
24 - Trajuan Briggs (5-11, 215, FR, HS)
33 - Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (5-11, 207, SO, 1V)
25 - Langston Jackson (6-1, 238, SO, 1V)
20 - Isi Sofele (5-7, 186, SO, 1V)
34 - Shane Vereen (5-10, 204, JR, 2V)
23 - Dasarte Yarnway (6-0, 223, RFR, RS)
Cal has employed a two-tailback rotation in recent years and it has worked well. Over the last seven seasons that the Bears have had at least two rushers with more than 600 yards, the list looks like a who's who of all-time greats with tailbacks that include J.J. Arrington, Jahvid Best, Adimchinobe Echemandu, Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch and Shane Vereen.
The last two seasons it has been Best and Vereen.
With Best having moved on to the National Football League when he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft last April, Vereen is now the team's top running back. He returns for a third season in 2010 after compiling combined totals of 1,667 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground over the last two years while serving primarily as the second option behind Best. When an injury forced Best to miss the final four games of 2009, Vereen stepped in and responded with three 100-yard efforts while totaling 566 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground over the period, including his memorable Big Game performance in a win at Stanford when he rushed 42 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns.
"Shane Vereen is one of the top running backs in the nation," said Tedford. "But, it's also important to emphasize the importance of having depth in the backfield, and we have several players that will compete for the spot of our second featured back to spell Shane. We have had a lot of success employing the two-tailback system in the past and plan to continue to do so."
Although no one has separated himself from a strong group as the frontrunner to join Vereen, there is no shortage of candidates and the competition to become his running partner will be stiff.
Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson's 211 rushing yards were third on the team behind Vereen (952) and Best (867) last season, and he heads into training camp competing along with several others, including Trajuan Briggs, Isi Sofele and Dasarte Yarnway to become Vereen's running mate in 2010.
There will be competition to replace Brian Holley as the starting fullback to fulfill a position that primarily acts as a lead blocker for the tailback. Will Kapp, Eric Stevens and John Tyndall all have game experience at the position. "Our fullback plays a key role on our team, primarily in terms of blocking," said Tedford. "We feel we have several candidates that can fill the role."
85 - Ian Albrecht (6-0, 204, JR, SQ)
21 - Keenan Allen (6-3, 195, FR, HS)
81 - Ross Bostock (6-2, 190, SO, SQ)
82 - Jackson Bouza (6-0, 192, RFR, RS)
11 - Michael Calvin (6-2, 204, JR, 2V)
6 - Tevin Carter (6-3, 190, FR, HS)
4 - Kaelin Clay (5-9, 175, FR, HS)
2 - Coleman Edmond (6-1, 208, JR, JC)
87 - Spencer Hagan (6-4, 203, RFR, RS)
1 - Marvin Jones (6-2, 200, JR, 2V)
88 - Kaulin Krebs (6-1, 191, SO, TR)
5 - Alex Lagemann (6-2, 210, JR, 1V)
8 - Terrance Montgomery (5-11, 180, FR, HS)
3 - Jeremy Ross (5-11, 213, SR, 2V)
17 - Quinn Tedford (6-0, 172, SO, SQ)
Marvin Jones has established himself as the Bears' top receiver after a solid season in 2009 when he led the Bears with 43 receptions for 651 yards and six touchdowns, but even Jones is not a household name in college football as all of his numbers fell short of the list of Pac-10 leaders in 2009.
Most of the team's 214 completions and 2,895 passing yards that ranked fifth in the Pac-10 a year ago were spread out among six different pass catchers that had more than 20 receptions and 200 receiving yards each.
Jeremy Ross is the only other returning wide receiver among the group of six that reached the totals, as did returning tight end Anthony Miller and returning tailback Shane Vereen. Ross caught 22 balls for 344 yards and one score.
"We are excited about the emergence of Marvin Jones," said Tedford. "We also feel like we have a couple of other solid veterans to play alongside him, but there are several newcomers that we expect will complete to play immediately."
The team's five incoming freshman newcomers include five-star recruit Keenan Allen, who scored an amazing 53 touchdowns as a high school senior, as well as Tevin Carter, Kaelin Clay, Coleman Edmond and Terrance Montgomery.
90 - Solomona Aigamaua (6-3, 245, JR, SQ)
99 - Savai'i Eselu (6-3, 242, JR, SQ)
89 - Garry Graffort (6-3, 242, SR, 1V)
45 - Spencer Ladner (6-7, 245, SO, 1V)
80 - Anthony Miller (6-3, 261, JR, 2V)
19 - Jarrett Sparks (6-2, 230, SO, 1V)
84 - Jacob Wark (6-5, 240, FR, HS)
Anthony Miller took control of the starting tight end job in 2009 and is looking for an even bigger breakout year this season. Boasting a prototypical NFL physique, Miller has begun to catch the nation's eye as evidenced by the 2010 preseason honorable mention All-American honor he received from College Football Insiders and the first-team All-Pac-10 selections bestowed upon him by Lindy's and Sporting News.
After catching only one pass for two yards as a true freshman in 2008 - albeit an important game-winning score in the waning moments of a 24-17 Emerald Bowl victory over Miami - Miller erupted in 2009 with 26 receptions for 357 yards to rank third on the team in both categories despite missing a pair of games due to injury.
"Anthony Miller had an excellent season last year and a lot more people should learn a whole lot more about him in 2010 if he plays the way we expect him to," said Tedford.
Spencer Ladner and Jarrett Sparks also have game experience at the position with Ladner having played in seven games last season and Sparks participating in all 13 games, contributing three catches for 45 yards.
58 - Chris Adcock (6-3, 290, FR, HS)
74 - Tom Berry (6-5, 290, JR, JC)
68 - Mark Brazinski (6-2, 280, RFR, RS)
61 - Justin Cheadle (6-2, 290, JR, 2V)
78 - Alejandro Crosthwaite (6-3, 280, FR, HS)
71 - Sam DeMartinis (6-5, 285, JR, SQ)
53 - Donovan Edwards (6-3, 280, SR, 2V)
73 - Richard Fisher (6-2, 275, SR, 2V)
65 - Dominic Galas (6-1, 280, SO, 1V)
52 - Justin Gates (6-3, 285, JR, SQ)
70 - Geoffrey Gibson (6-4, 325, FR, HS)
54 - Chris Guarnero (6-2, 270, SR, 2V)
59 - Ed Johnston (6-2, 275, RFR, RS)
77 - Tyler Rigsbee (6-4, 275, SO, SQ)
72 - Mitchell Schwartz (6-5, 310, JR, 2V)
57 - Brian Schwenke (6-2, 285, SO, 1V)
76 - Charles Siddoway (6-4, 290, RFR, RS)
75 - Matt Summers-Gavin (6-3, 280, SO, 1V)
72 - Bill Tyndall (6-5, 285, SO, JC)
The Bears have four returning starters coming back in 2010 that combined to fill 47 of 65 possible starting offensive line assignments last year. Justin Cheadle (right guard), Chris Guarnero (center) and Mitchell Schwartz (right tackle) each started all 13 games at their respective positions, while Matt Summers-Gavin made eight starts at left guard, with the Bears winning seven of those contests.
The names in the starting lineup are expected to be familiar this season but their positions could change as the Bears try to fill a void created by the departure of 2009 starting left tackle and first-team All-Pac-10 selection Mike Tepper, who signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Summers-Gavin put in the most time at the key left tackle spot last spring but Schwartz, who has started all 26 games possible over the past two seasons and captured the team's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman award last year over Tepper, can also play the position and started the team's final 10 games there in 2008.
Brian Schwenke, one of three players to see action as a true freshman in 2009, should also see plenty of action.
"We have a lot of talent, experience and versatility on the offensive line," said Tedford. "One of the primary factors in having success at this position is forming a group of people that can play together as a cohesive unit, and we feel that we have established that."
"Fans will see an aggressive Cal defense that puts a lot of pressure on opponents in 2010," said Tedford. "Our players will have ample opportunities to show their athleticism and talent in the schemes that we will employ."
Pendergast's charge is to revive a Bears defensive unit that had posted some of the Pac-10's best defensive numbers for several seasons, including second in points allowed during the first seven years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, before sliding in most categories in 2009 when the team's scoring defense (25.5 ppg) and total defense (378.8 ypg) were seventh, and its pass defense ninth (266.8 ypg).
Pendergast will have a preseason All-American to lead the unit back to prominence in 2010 in first-team All-Pac-10 selection Mike Mohamed, who led the conference with 112 tackles a year ago.
94 - Ted Agu (6-2, 242, FR, HS)
57 - Austin Clark (6-0, 280, RFR, RS)
91 - Deandre Coleman (6-6, 306, RFR, RS)
55 - Michael Costanzo (6-2, 278, SR, 2V)
92 - Trevor Guyton (6-3, 285, SO, 1V)
76 - Derrick Hill (6-2, 308, SR, 3V)
97 - Cameron Jordan (6-4, 283, SR, 3V)
56 - Keni Kaufusi (6-2, 280, RFR, RS)
99 - Gabe King (6-5, 265, FR, HS)
95 - Ernest Owusu (6-4, 267, JR, 2V)
96 - Kendrick Payne (6-2, 299, SO, 1V)
40 - Aaron Tipoti (6-2, 299, SO, 1V)
The defensive line was a strength of the 2009 team and is expected to be once again, despite the loss of first-team All-Pac-10 choice Tyson Alualu to the NFL. Alualu had been the team's top defensive lineman for the past three seasons and his departure creates an opportunity for Cameron Jordan to fill the void and showcase his exceptional athleticism and talents in his final collegiate season. Sporting News called Jordan "The Next Big Thing" for Cal in their preview of the 2010 Bears, while Lindy's named him the Pac-10 No. 8 NFL talent.
Jordan has been strong playing on the opposite end of the line from Alualu for the past three years, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for each of the past two seasons and playing in 38 of 39 possible games with 20 starts, but in 2010 he is expected to take over the leadership of the team's defensive line. Jordan leads all active Cal players with career totals of 21.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks, to go along with 113 tackles including a career-high 48 in 2009 when he also posted a career-best 6.0 sacks. His numbers in 2008 were comparable when over 12 games played and seven starts he had 47 tackles, a career-high 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.
"Although we lost Tyson Alualu to the NFL, we still have excellent talent and tremendous experience on the defensive line," said Tedford. "Cameron Jordan has an opportunity to emerge as one of the best defensive players in the conference, and we have several other defensive ends and nose guards looking to accompany him and make up a solid unit."
Hill is the veteran, playing in 37 games with 18 starts and recording 76 tackles over the past four seasons that includes three games as a true freshman in 2006 before his redshirt season was cut short by an injury. Hill played in 10 games and started eight last year, posting 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
Tipoti started four games in 2009 and contributed 21 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss, while Payne started twice and registered 13 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. Both Tipoti and Payne played in 12 of 13 contests.
Trevor Guyton, Deandre Coleman and Ernest Owusu have game experience at defensive end and will compete for playing time along with Keni Kaufusi and newcomer Gabe King. Kaufusi was Cal's Scout Team Player of the Year on defense in 2009, while King has been ranked as high as the nation's No. 5 incoming defensive end by Rivals.
47 - Keith Browner (6-6, 250, SR, 2V)
43 - Dan Camporeale (6-3, 238, RFR, RS)
22 - Ryan Davis (6-4, 250, JR, RS)
42 - Steven Fanua (6-1, 216, RFR, RS)
33 - Nick Forbes (6-1, 225, FR, HS)
3 - D.J. Holt (6-1, 250, JR, 2V)
34 - J.P. Hurrell (6-0, 220, SO, 1V)
30 - Mychal Kendricks (6-0, 241, JR, 2V)
10 - Lucas King (6-4, 227, FR, HS)
51 - Kameron Krebs (6-1, 225, SO, TR)
41 - Jerome Meadows (6-3, 228, SR, 1V)
18 - Mike Mohamed (6-3, 245, SR, 3V)
37 - Robert Mullins (6-1, 225, SO, SQ)
39 - Clark Porter (6-3, 230, JR, RS)
13 - Jarred Price (5-11, 213, SR, 1V)
44 - David Wilkerson (6-3, 235, FR, HS)
Mike Mohamed has been recognized as one of the top linebackers in the nation prior to the 2010 season as evidenced by the multitude of preseason All-American teams he has been named to and the number of high-profile award watch lists he is on. But other than the presence of Cal's active career leading tackler in the starting unit, one of the most interest training camp battles for playing time could be at linebacker.
The Bears also have a pair of part-time starters back from a year ago in D.J. Holt (37 tackles) and Mychal Kendricks (71 tackles), who ranked a distant second to Mohamed's Pac-10 leading 112 tackles in 2009. Both players have previous experience starting on both the inside and outside. Keith Browner and Jarred Price are expected to see action at outside linebacker as well.
"We have traditionally had outstanding play from our linebackers and we expect 2010 to be no different," said Tedford. "Mike Mohamed is one of the nation's best at his position and a tremendous leader. His experience and that of a couple of other veterans should help bring along a strong group of young players that should have the opportunity to contribute right away in their collegiate careers."
21 - Keenan Allen (6-3, 195, FR, HS)
2 - Marc Anthony (6-0, 196, SO, 1V)
7 - D.J. Campbell (6-0, 206, JR, 2V)
11 - Sean Cattouse (6-2, 216, JR, 2V)
5 - Michael Coley (6-2, 207, FR, HS)
17 - Chris Conte (6-3, 212, SR, 3V)
31 - Tyré Ellison (6-2, 192, SO, SQ)
26 - Darian Hagan (6-0, 178, SR, 3V)
23 - Josh Hill (5-11, 195, SO, 1V)
20 - Isaac Lapite (5-10, 190, FR, HS)
29 - Adrian Lee (6-0, 190, FR, HS)
6 - Alex Logan (6-2, 200, RFR, RS)
8 - C.J. Moncrease (6-2, 212, JR, 1V)
15 - Bryant Nnabuife (6-1, 191, SR, 2V)
24 - Vachel Samuels (6-0, 188, RFR, RS)
1 - Steve Williams (5-10, 174, RFR, RS)
28 - Tyler York (5-11, 196, FR, HS)
There will be familiar faces missing from the Cal secondary in 2010. Gone is cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. Gone are safeties Brett Johnson and Marcus Ezeff. Gone are the 99 games of starting experience the trio combined for during their Cal careers, including 68 in the past two seasons. Thompson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos after a Cal career that included a pair of first-team All-Pac-10 selections, as well as school records in games played and started (52), and pass breakups (36).
Despite the departure of the trio, there will also be familiar faces returning to the Cal secondary.
Sean Cattouse started the team's final six contests at safety last year, replacing Ezeff as the starter for the final five regular-season games and Johnson at the Poinsettia Bowl. Cattouse is a first-team 2010 preseason All-Pac-10 choice according to both Lindy's and Sporting News after earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition following a 2009 campaign in which he totaled 37 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, an interception and three pass breakups.
The other safety is expected to be Chris Conte, who began his career by earning Freshman All-America honors in his first year on the Cal campus in 2007 but has been shuffled back-and-forth between safety and cornerback primarily in a reserve role since.
Josh Hill (5), Darian Hagan (4) and Bryant Nnabuife (4) split time as the starting cornerback opposite Thompson in 2009 and are expected to battle for two starting jobs this season. Hagan started all 13 games opposite Thompson in 2008 and the first three in 2009, before Hill replaced him for five of the next six contests. Nnabuife took over the job for the final four contests. Marc Anthony is another player expected to compete for a starting cornerback position.
Five-star incoming freshman Keenan Allen is also expected to contribute to the defensive backfield in nickel packages in addition to his role as a wide receiver. "We have a number of players in our defensive backfield that had the first chance to get their feet wet at the collegiate level last season," said Tedford. "The experience they gained a year ago will help them become better and more productive players in 2010 and beyond. We're excited to see who will emerge from this group."
19 - Bryan Anger (6-4, 207, JR, 2V)
45 - Jed Barnett (6-2, 212, FR, HS)
46 - David Seawright (6-3, 215, JR, 2V)
All of Cal's primary specialists return in 2010, led by preseason All-American punter Bryan Anger. Last year, Anger earned honorable mention All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 honors after a second-team selection by the league the previous campaign. Anger has averaged 42.3 yards per punt over his first two collegiate seasons and posted four of the longest 12 punts in school history, including a 76-yarder in the 2008 Big Game vs. Stanford that is the fourth-longest in school history as well as a 75-yard effort in the same contest that is tied for fifth. He has been on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award in each of his first two collegiate campaigns, and in addition to being a unanimous choice by the major preseason publications as a first-team All-Pac-10 punter in 2010, has also been named the nation's No. 4 draft-eligible punter prior to the season by Phil Steele.
"Bryan Anger is one of the best punters in the nation," said Tedford. "He has done an outstanding job for us the last two seasons and we have every reason to believe that will continue."
Vincenzo D'Amato (52 points, 7-12 FG, 31-31 PAT) and Giorgio Tavecchio (38 points, 8-12 FG, 14-14 PAT) are expected to compete once again for specific roles in the team's kicking game after sharing those duties in 2009.
"We feel that our kickers will continue to improve in 2010 and regardless of what role each plays they will do a good job," said Tedford.
The individual components of the team's return game have not yet been determined but top candidates based upon their performances in 2009 include Jeremy Ross (14 kick returns, 276 yards; 9 punt returns, 192 yards, 1 TD) and Isi Sofele (12 kick returns, 248 yards). Shane Vereen led the team in kick returns (24) and kick return yardage (551) a year ago, and even returned a pair of punts for 10 yards, but it is unlikely he will be used frequently in either role in 2010 due to his increased load as a running back.
"We have players in skilled positions that can handle the return the game, and we'll incorporate them into those roles during training camp," said Tedford.