It was confirmed by Cal, Bruce Feldman, and Ryan Gorcey, that Texas Tech transfer, Davis Webb, was named the starting QB for the 2016 California Golden Bears.
Davis Webb— Cal Football (@CalFootball) August 4, 2016
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#Cal names #TexasTech grad transfer Davis Webb as Bears new starting QB, source tells @FoxSports: https://t.co/8Qm1VCaH08— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 4, 2016
Updated story on #Cal naming Davis Webb the starting quarterback: https://t.co/CXJcDJI5uF— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) August 4, 2016
Davis Webb transferred to Cal after originally committing to the Colorado Buffalos. He entered a crowded QB field with both Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers vying for the starting QB position. At Texas Tech he started as a True Freshman under HC Kliff Kingsbury who runs a similar offense to Cal OC Jake Spavital.
In the last 3 days of practices he has show a good deep ball as well as a good command of the offense. Furthermore, HC Sonny Dykes stated that Davis Webb puts in the necessary hours in the film room to prepare for the rigors of the position.
During his time at Texas Tech he posted the following statistics:
|*2013||Texas Tech||Big 12||FR||QB||10||226||361||62.6||2718||7.5||7.5||20||9||139.1|
|2014||Texas Tech||Big 12||SO||QB||8||211||345||61.2||2539||7.4||7.1||24||13||138.4|
|2015||Texas Tech||Big 12||JR||QB||5||22||41||53.7||300||7.3||8.3||2||0||131.2|
Furthermore, at Texas Tech the passing offenses he ran ranked:
I can only imagine how well he will fare considering the veteran presence in the backfield and O-line as well as the exciting bunch of young playmakers on the outside.
Update: Official press release from Cal Athletics.
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes named senior Davis Webb the Golden Bears' starting quarterback on Thursday. The graduate transfer joined Cal in May when he enrolled in the school's public health master's program and is eligible to play for the Bears in 2016 after graduating from Texas Tech in May. He played in 23 games with 14 starts over his three campaigns at Texas Tech and threw for career totals of 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Webb begins the 2016 season on watch lists for the Maxwell Award honoring the nation's top player and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recognizing the top quarterback.
"We felt like it was the right decision to make once separation occurred," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "Davis' maturity and knowledge of what we're trying to do put him a little bit ahead of our other quarterbacks. He's new to our program but he came in with three seasons of experience at Texas Tech running this style of offense. We wanted to work out the details of our offense and put all the pieces together, and the quarterback is a pretty important part of that."
"We have a great group of quarterbacks here and it is an honor to get the opportunity to start," Webb said. "College football and particularly the quarterback position is a performance-based deal. My job now is to prepare my best each day and do my job on gameday. I need to do everything I can so my teammates can enjoy success. We are all going to push each other every day to improve as individuals and as a team. That is what a championship culture looks like and that is what coach Dykes is developing here."
"Davis has a lot of experience as a starting quarterback at the collegiate level and that's why he separated himself from the others early in camp," offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said. "He also played in a similar system at Texas Tech and his familiarity with what we are trying to do offensively was another major factor in our decision. We felt that we needed to start building continuity with the ones and we want to be ready to go once we get on the plane to go to Australia so that sped up the process. Fans are going to see a very confident quarterback who likes to take control of the game and compete every play. He's going to be a very exciting player to watch."