2014 CALIFORNIA BEARS FOOTBALL PREVIEW
June 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2014 California Bears football preview
2013 Record: (1-11, 0-9)
2013 Team Stats:
California struggled to a 1 and 11 season in 2013 and for head coach Sonny Dykes 2014 will be another year toward rebuilding the California program. If the Bears are to be better this season they will have to find a way to improve their pathetic defense. Last season, California gave up almost 46 points per game and nearly 530 yards of total offense. Their secondary was one of the worst in the country giving up 341 yards per game which ranked 123rd in NCAA division 1.
California’s offense averaged over 453 yards of total offense per game but managed to score only 23 points per contest. Quarterback Jared Goff returns after throwing for a school record 3508 yards in 2013. Goff converted all of those yards into only 32 offense touchdowns and only 21 scores inside the red zone. Improving their offense will depend a lot on cutting down turnovers and controlling the line of scrimmage. The running game must improve as well. Last season California’s running backs produced 2 yards or less per carry 43% of the time. Goff will have Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper back is his main receivers. The offense line will return for a five starters including tackle Stephen Moore.
Because the defense was so bad in 2013 Coach Dykes had to make some big changes including firing defensive coordinator Andy Buh. Art Kaufman was hired away from the University of Cincinnati to run the defense. California’s hoping to gain a substantial boost from for potential starters who missed a lot of time last year because of injuries. DE Brennan Scarlett returns after suffering a hand injury and was able to play during spring ball. The secondary was young and overmatched last season. Returning from injuries will be Avery Sebastian and Stefan McClure. Coach Kaufman has simplified the Bears’ scheme hoping his secondary will play much better so they can blitz more often. California managed only 18 sacks and five interceptions a year ago.
The Bears should be much improved because their deeper and have more experience. How much progress they make may not show in the win-loss column. And somehow they need to get out of the gate quickly because of the schedule late in the season. California will play at USC and Oregon State and will take on Stanford UCLA and Oregon in mid-to-late October.