Cal 2022 Football Preview — Part I: Strengths and Weaknesses

* First in a series of stories previewing the 2022 Cal Golden Bears

My task here is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Cal football team that opens its season Saturday at home against UC Davis.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

But categorizing this team’s strengths and weaknesses is tricky. There are so many new pieces, so many moving parts, that pigeonholing them is not easy.

For example, was the Bears’ defensive line a strength? It certainly came closer to that when Brett Johnson, perhaps Cal’s best player, was expected to anchor the line after returning from a season-long absence following a car accident and hip surgery.

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