Mike Pawlawski says Spencer Brasch is going to become a terrific quarterback for the Golden Bears.
He also knows the 18-year-old true freshman from Gilbert, Arizona, faces an unrealistic, almost unfair assignment tonight in his starting debut.
A Pac-12 Conference opponent.
On the road.
And against one of the nation's very best defensive teams in No. 12 Utah.
Pawlawski never played as a true freshman. Troy Taylor was Cal's quarterback that season, and Pawlawski quickly found out how much he didn't know about playing quarterback in college. By his junior and senior seasons, Pawlawski was an accomplished QB and he enjoyed great success under the late coach Bruce Snyder.
Brasch does not have that luxury.
He was playing high school football last season, and is expected to start tonight due to Devon Modster's injury.
Brasch played two fourth-quarter series off the bench last week against Oregon State after Modster left.
It didn't go well: Brasch was 2-for-6 for 24 yards with an interception and two sacks.
That was against Oregon State, not Utah.
Factor in Cal's offensive line woes and this is a brutal matchup for a freshman.
But it's also an opportunity for Brasch to everyone - including himself - what he's made of.
Pawlawski says it can play out two ways. He could go out there, oblivious to what he doesn't know, and simply fire away. Or he could be overwhelmed by the Utes' ferocious front four, led by defensive end Bradlee Anae.
Either way, this is just the beginning for Brasch. We'll find out soon what kind of memory he creates for himself and Cal fans.