Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that the Cal Bears have named Davis Webb, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, the team’s starting quarterback for the 2016 season. Webb, who appeared in just five games for Texas Tech last season, is eligible to play this year because he is a graduate transfer, having completed his degree across his first three collegiate seasons (2013-2015).
Webb’s annual number of passes completed — in addition to his quarterback rating — has declined in each of the two seasons since his debut in 2013, when he completed 226 passes with a 139.1 quarterback rating. Last year, sophomore Patrick Mahomes unseated Webb as the starter for the 7-6 Red Raiders.
Cal was led each of the last three seasons by Jared Goff, who was the first overall pick of this spring’s NFL draft, by the Los Angeles Rams. The program at Berkeley had not seen a quarterback graduate into the NFL since Aaron Rodgers, who was the team’s starter from 2003-2004.
Our Andrew Kulha surmised that Webb would be a good fit for the program when he transferred back in May:
Webb has a cannon for an arm and a predisposition for making some very pretty throws into tight windows. With that said, he knows how to float the ball and put some touch on it for over-the-top passes, and he can throw while on the run — which points to arm strength as well as athleticism.
Goff left some big shoes to fill at Cal, but Webb just may be the right fit.