Take this one out of the long rumored, but now reportedly official pile, as Zach Kline is no longer a Cal Bear, per Jeff Faraudo at the Bay Area News Group.
"It's for sure," said Kline, a redshirt freshman from Danville.
With Jared Goff likely entrenched as the long-term starter, Kline thought it best to seek playing time elsewhere. No word as of yet on where he is going, because he hasn't finished filing the paperwork, and cannot be contacted by teams yet as a result.
Faraudo also reached out to Cal Football for comment, but the program has not yet confirmed Kline's departure.
A spokesman for @CalFootball says no plans to comment on roster until Dec. 18 JC signing day. So far, no Cal confirmation on Kline decision.— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) December 1, 2013
EDIT: It's now official.
Coach Sonny Dykes confirms QB Zach Kline & O-lineman Freddie Tagaloa both leaving @CalFootball program. He expects more defections.— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) December 1, 2013
The more worrisome part of this is that more names could be coming. Stay tuned.
We wish Zach, Freddie and whomever else decides to leave the best of luck.