Inside the Pac-12

January 7, 2010 10:02 PM

Bears Will Miss Best

California RB Jahvid Best decided to make himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. For his career Jahvid rushed for 2,668 yards, had 62 receptions, 35 total TD's and he averaged 7.3 YPC. Jahvid put up some great numbers for Cal, but his greatest asset was the amount of attention he commanded from opposing defenses. Best was a threat to take any play the distance. Jahvid's abilities also opened things up for the rest of his teammates.

Somehow the Bears have to find a way to get their key players to stay for four years. Maybe this can be accomplished by Jeff Tedford becoming a better salesmen or by the Bears finishing with a better record and participating in more prestigious Bowl games. If you look at USC, Pete Carroll was able to convince Matt Leinart to stay for his last year even though Leinart already won a National Championship and was projected to be the number one pick in the draft. The Bears lost Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and DeSean Jackson after their Jr. year. If those players would have returned for their Sr. season it would have increased Cal's chances of winning the Pac Ten and more wins in those seasons would have resulted in better recruits.

California does have a very solid RB in Shane Vereen. In his first two seasons Vereen has 1,667 rushing yards and 16 TD's. Shane was 6th in the Pac Ten Conference in rushing yards in 2009. This year Vereen ran 183 times for 952 yards and 12 TD's. Shane is not as fast as Best, but he does have the ability to break long runs. In 2010 California will have a solid running game, but their success will be determined by how well they execute their passing game.

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