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 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.