Spring Game Shows Signs of Bears' Future

California's first team defense as a whole believes that they should make plays on a consistent basis. On the other side of the ball, quarterback Brock Mansion, wide receiver Alex Lagemann and tight end Spencer Ladner showed on Saturday that they have the capabilities of contributing in the fall.

The Bear defense has a number of talented players, but a lot of times, talented players don't play up to their potential. It is one thing to show flashes of good plays and another thing to believe that there should be a certain level of production achieved on each play.

Last season, Shane Vereen made many runs to the outside that went for big yardage. On a toss to the right in the spring game, Vereen was stopped cold for no yardage by cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. Thompson was one-on-one with Vereen and made a very solid open field tackle.

The linebackers made a number of sacks on Kevin Riley and hurried a few of his throws. The Bear offense will not face many defenses this season that are better than the defense they face in practice.

On the first drive of the spring game, second-string quarterback Brock Mansion went a perfect 5-for-5 as he led the offense down the field for a touchdown. On a number of his throws, Mansion threw accurate tight spirals that hit his receivers on the numbers. Wide receiver Alex Lagemann caught three of the five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He did a very good job of getting to the right spots in the defense. If Lagemann continues to make plays, he could be a big contributor on offense in the fall.

With former TE Cameron Morah entering the 2009 NFL Draft, the Bears will nee a player or two to step in and be productive at the tight end position. Spencer Ladner made a very good grab on a pass from Mansion as he was falling to the ground. The Bears will have a solid ground game that will give the tight ends a number of catching opportunities when California uses the play action pass.

The Bears have good competition at a few positions and players will continue to push each other throughout the fall for playing time. The defense could once again be the strength of California's team this year. Cal has too many weapons and faces a defense that makes life difficult for them during practices to not be successful on offense once the season begins.


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