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Report: Cal QB Zach Kline to transfer

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The San Jose Mercury News reported on Sunday that backup California quarterback Zach Kline has decided to transfer.

“I just think from what the coaches have told me, I have a better opportunity somewhere else,” Kline told the paper. “They put it to me straight and in a professional way, which I appreciate.”

Kline was a highly-recruited prospect who signed with Cal in 2012 and redshirted during then-head-coach Jeff Tedford’s final season. After Sonny Dykes was hired following Tedford’s firing, he was beat out for the starting job by true freshman Jared Goff. He acted as Goff’s backup this past season and had some opportunities off the bench, throwing forĀ 443 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

ButĀ Kline may not be the only Bear player getting ready to leave Berkeley.

Rumors also are circulating that other players, including sophomore offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa are on their way elsewhere after the Bears’ 1-11 season. “That’s not all,” the source said.

Kline said he knows nothing about what others are planning, but a source close to the situation said Tagaloa will transfer.

It’s common for players to transfer when a new coach comes in, so it won’t be a particularly unusual thing if several players leave the Cal program, especially coming off a 1-11 season. But the Bears can hardly afford a mass exodus, so Dykes has to work extra hard this month to steady the ship and convince his current players — and future recruits — that things are going to get better at Cal.

They certainly can’t get much worse.

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10 Responses to “Report: Cal QB Zach Kline to transfer”
  1. billmead1976 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:19 PM

    Can’t beat out a freshman on a 1-11 team, but hope springs eternal that you’ll flourish somewhere else.

    Take advantage of that UC education, young man.

  2. dhalb34 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    Cal is the worst program from AD to the coach in the FBS.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:51 PM

    Dukes is better than that record. Obviously the team didn’t buy in to his program

  4. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:56 PM

    Rumor is stud WR Bryce Treggs is also on his way out.

  5. thegamecocker says: Dec 1, 2013 7:07 PM

    Sonny Dykes is not the right coach at Cal. They are a bunch of left-wing Obama-mites, folks who think they are elitists. I hate them all. Cal is no where near as good academically as UCLA or Southern Cal.

  6. villain612 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:55 PM

    Leave politics out of sports talk please.

  7. callinoutcft says: Dec 1, 2013 7:58 PM

    “thegamecocker

    Sonny Dykes is not the right coach at Cal. They are a bunch of left-wing Obama-mites, folks who think they are elitists. I hate them all. Cal is no where near as good academically as UCLA or Southern Cal.”

    Ignorant comment by a person who misspelled “nowhere.” Good call though. You are obviously in a good position to make comments about the academic prestige of PAC 12 Schools.

  8. Brian Basher says: Dec 1, 2013 10:37 PM

    dhalb34 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 6:24 PM
    Cal is the worst program from AD to the coach in the FBS.

    You obviously don’t know any Arkansas fans

  9. thetuke says: Dec 1, 2013 11:37 PM

    the gamecocker: dude, what in the world are you talking about mixing politics and the Cal football program. Completely irrelevent. They were the same school with the same philosophies when they were good.

  10. rolltide510 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:29 AM

    There’s no lack of “buy-in” when your only win on the season is against an FCS team you beat 37-30. That’s just being terrible in every facet.

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