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Standout offensive skill-position players have distinguished the Jeff Tedford-era at California, from Kyle Boller to Aaron Rodgers to J.J. Arrington to Marshawn Lynch to DeSean Jackson. But that doesn't appear to be the case this spring, so feel free to crack wise about why Tedford handed off play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, even though the lack of standouts had nothing to do with the decision.It's not necessarily about a lack of talent, it's just the talent needs name tags. And good health. And consistency.
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Jahvid Best is in the frontrunner at tailback, but a hip injury has slowed him down.
Tupou will battle with junior Averell Spicer to succeed Sedric Ellis. Spicer sat out spring with a knee injury, while Tupou shined.
Anger was a first-team USA Today All-American and has displayed not only a huge leg -- both in terms of distances and altitude -- but he also is very good at placing the ball deep into opposing territory. And with the Bears' offensive issues, he might end up with plenty of chances to show his stuff.
Things figure to further heat up in the fall when the aptly named Robert Golden arrives. The big-shot incoming freshman figures to immediately compete for playing time.
Their backups, redshirt freshman James Brooks and sophomore Jamarr Robinson, turned in strong springs, capped by combining for four sacks -- three by Robinson -- in the spring game. This is as athletic a foursome as any in on the West Coast.