Cal Football: Bears' 2019 Defense Ranked Fifth-Best in the Country

Safety Jaylinn Hawkins is one of Cal's defensive leadersPhoto by Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports

Bleacher Report projects the Cal defense to be better than Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, among others

Cal’s defense has developed a national reputation.

We all know that the success of Cal’s 2019 season will depend on the improvement at the quarterback position, because the Bears’ strong defense should be just as good, if not better, than it was a year ago.

Folks throughout the country are starting realize how good Cal’s defense is, and Bleacher Report ranked Cal’s 2019 defense as the fifth best in the country.

That’s right, the Bears’ defense ranks ahead of LSU and Georgia, and just behind Michigan and Clemson. That’s pretty heady company.

Cal is the only Pac-12 team in this group of 10, with the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten dominating the projected rankings.

The story identified Cal’s defensive stars as linebacker Evan Weaver, safety Jaylinn Hawkins and cornerback Camryn Bynum, although it also should have included safety Ashtyn Davis.

The departure of linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk to the pros was noted as a significant loss, although Bleacher Report suggests redshirt freshman Evan Tattersall could be an adequate replacement.

As the article stated, “Eight of the 10 leading tacklers return, including the entire secondary primarily responsible for the one-shy-of-nation-best 21 interceptions.”

That sounds pretty impressive.

Now if the Bears can get standout quarterback play, they may have something. Chase Garbers showed improvement during the spring, but we need to see whether that translates to improvement during games.

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It seems the only area lacking is athletic ability on the D line, but that was overcome last year, so it should not be too big of a problem this year.