One piece of unsurprising Cal news that's leaked out from the ESPN Pac-12 coaches trip is Sonny Dykes has firmly established Chase Forrest as the second-string Cal quarterback. This makes sense, since Luke Rubenzer is now playing safety and the other Cal scholarship quarterback (Ross Bowers) has been on campus for all of seven months.
That's not news. This is news.
Sonny Dykes said when Cal evaluated Josh Rosen and Chase Forrest side by side in person, Forrest held his own. He starts year as Cal's No. 2— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) July 29, 2015
Josh Rosen is probably the most heralded West Coast signal-caller coming out of high school since Matt Barkley, and he could be the first true freshman to start in the Pac-12 since...well, our own Jared Goff. He is a candidate to start as a true freshman at UCLA, with only Jerry Neuheisel providing his biggest competition. he's even semi-competent, the Bruins have a great shot to win the Pac-12. They are that deep at every other position.
But if our second-string quarterback is comparing favorably to Rosen, this could mean a few things.
- Rosen isn't as far along as we'd like to think and Cal likes the quarterback they're developing who's two years into the system.
- Forrest is already turning heads and could be the next great Cal quarterback in the making.
We thought that the 2016 Cal quarterback competition might be a huge race if Goff decides to leave. But perhaps Forrest has already made his move. He was very impressive in the spring game and received solid reviews all throughout spring camp. Whenever Goff leaves, perhaps it will be Forrest's time to shine, and he'll be ready to go toe-to-toe with Rosen in the years to come.