The California Golden Bears are looking to replace their quarterback from last season. You may have heard that Jared Goff went first overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, chosen as the Golden Boy of the Los Angeles Rams as they move back west. But that is of no concern to head coach Sonny Dykes and his “Bear Raid” offense: he needed a quarterback and a team captain, and he found both in quarterback Davis Webb.
QB Davis Webb, who transferred to Cal about 8 weeks ago, was voted captain.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 21, 2016
Webb transferred in to Cal just eight weeks ago from Lubbock, Texas, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, after it was apparent quarterback Patrick Mahomes would not relinquish his starting spot.
The last quarterback to transfer out of Texas Tech was the signal caller whom Webb split snaps with while in Lubbock: Baker Mayfield. While Mayfield has catapulted himself to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy conversation coming into 2016 as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, Webb will now get his chance at taking over a high-octane offense.
A four-star recruit out of high school in Texas, Webb had choice of where he could play. He’s been indecisive (even as recently as January, he announced his intention to transfer to Colorado), but as a graduate transfer at Cal, he’ll have one final season to prove he can play at an elite level.
Cal kicks off the college football season for everyone on Friday with their matchup against Hawaii. Even the most modest of pigskin lovers will be intrigued by the first game that has mattered since Alabama knocked off Clemson in the National Championship Game over seven months ago.