Allan Bridgford, the only quarterback on Cal’s current roster to see any playing time this past season, announced he will transfer from the program Monday afternoon.
“As the team's most experienced quarterback, I expected to take the majority of reps this spring,” Bridgford said. “But after having limited reps in the first four spring practices, I met with both offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes. It was made clear to me that they had decided to go in a different direction.
“Therefore, it is time to move on and find a school where I can play right away and hopefully for two seasons if I'm granted a sixth year of eligibility…Without a doubt I plan to graduate from Cal this summer. Go Bears!"
Bridgford, who was heading into the upcoming season as a fifth-year senior, saw limited action during his time with the Golden Bears, playing in 10 games overall. In 2012, he collected three starts and completed 31 out of 68 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.
The former four-star recruit was a U.S. Army All-American out of Mission Viejo High School in Southern California, signing with the Golden Bears in 2009 to play for then-coach Jeff Tedford.
However, Bridgford could never quite get on track in Berkeley, starting with a shoulder injury in 2010. Two seasons later, he seemed poised to earn a full-time starting spot but was ultimately beaten out by Zach Maynard in spring ball.
Now the Golden Bears enter 2013 under first-year head coach Sonny Dykes without a signal-caller who has taken a single snap at the collegiate level.
Redshirt freshman Zach Kline of Danville, the most highly decorated quarterback recruit to come to Cal out of high school since Kyle Boller, is the projected favorite to emerge atop the depth chart, but the battle is far from settled.
Junior-to-be Austin Hinder, another former U.S. Army All-American, will continue to push Kline for the spot, with rising sophomore Kyle Boehm of San Jose and incoming freshman Jared Goff of Kentfield hoping to make strong impressions with the new staff as well.
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