WHAT WENT RIGHT

1. STELLAR SHANE. Finally with a chance to be Cal's featured running back, Shane Vereen rushed for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns.

2. INSTANT GRATIFICATION. New defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast immediately turned Cal into statistically the best defense in the Pac-10.

3. BIG LEG. Bryan Anger reverted back to top form, ranking ninth in the nation in punting.

WHAT WENT WRONG

1. GROUNDED. Cal's passing attack went from bad to worse, never establishing much production and limping to the finish line after starting quarterback Kevin Riley got hurt.

2. ROAD WOES. The Bears went 1-4 on the road, including three lopsided losses.

3. KICKING THEMSELVES. Giorgio Tavecchio missed a handful of key field goal attempts, including two that could have lifted the Bears to wins.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

1. FREE FOR ALL. All bets are off at quarterback. Although Brock Mansion started the final four games of the season, any of Cal's current quarterbacks could win the starting job in 2011.

2. CHANGES ARE COMING. Coach Jeff Tedford has a history of making changes when seasons don't go his way. Don't expect this offseason to be any different.

3. RUNNING BACK COMPETITION. There's a good chance Vereen will leave for the NFL, and there isn't a clear heir apparent. Isi Sofele was competent as Vereen's backup this season, but he should expect competition from Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, Dasarte Yarnway and Trajuan Briggs.


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-- jonathan okanes