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Golden Nuggets: Assessing the impact of Zach Kline's transfer

More thoughts on the transfer of Zach Kline.

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Don't expect to see Kline and Tagaloa in the Blue and Gold any longer.
Don't expect to see Kline and Tagaloa in the Blue and Gold any longer.
Steve Dykes

QB Zach Kline recently announced his intent to transfer from the University of California and the Bear Raid in pursuit of program looking for a starting quarterback. Jeff Faraudo is evaluating how Kline's upcoming transfer will affect the Bears.

Redshirt freshman Zach Kline's decision to transfer is the right decision for him and likely won't have substantial impact on Cal's 2014 season.


Players want to play, and that supercedes nearly everything else. Kline told me repeatedly he wanted to remain at Cal, and I believe him. He grew up in Danville and is surrounded locally by friends and family.

But he also wants to become a college starting quarterback, and he became convinced it wasn't likely to happen at Cal.

There was a perception this season that the competition between Kline and freshman Jared Goff was close in the minds of Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. I don't think they viewed it that way.

John Crumpacker of the SFGate provided some additional statistics:

In limited playing time in 2013, Kline completed 43 of 82 passes for 443 yards and three touchdowns, with four interceptions. He subbed for the injured Goff in the Big Game and completed 8 of 14 for 115 yards. After the game, Dykes said he was not impressed with how Kline played.


If Kline and [OL Freddie] Tagaloa leave as expected, that would bring to seven the number of players no longer on the team since Dykes was hired a year ago, including Bridgford. Defensive end Chris McCain was dismissed for a violation of team rules, defensive lineman Gabe King quit in mid-season to concentrate on academics, safety Alex Logan quit for medical reasons and linebacker David Wilkerson transferred to Arizona.

While Faraudo considered the on-field impact of Kline's departure, let's hope there are no detrimental effects considering Kline seemed to be a great Cal representative and a well-liked teammate (as someone who's never met the man) and Tagaloa was one of our captains for 2012.

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