It’s rare that a player transfers from one school, then returns to that same school. Even rarer? When the preceding happens, and the player decides to transfer yet again.
That, though, is the situation for Zach Kline, who took to Twitter Thursday night to announce that he has decided to, yet again, transfer from Cal. In his social media missive, Kline explained that “playing in the Spring Game inspired me to try to use my final year of eligibility to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
— Zach Kline (@zachklineQB) June 2, 2016
Kline was a four-star member of the Bears’ 2012 recruiting class. He took a redshirt as a true freshman and then attempted 82 passes in 2013 as he backed up true freshman Jared Goff. With the starting job looking like it was the future No. 1 overall NFL draft pick’s for the foreseeable future, Kline decided to transfer from Cal to Oregon State in December of 2013, then changed his mind four months later. He then spent the 2014 season at Butte College in California, then the 2015 campaign at Indiana State.
In March of this year, Kline announced that he would be returning to Cal after an absence of nearly three years. Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb is a near-lock to win the Bears’ starting job this year, leaving Kline no other recourse but to transfer if he wants any meaningful playing time this season.