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Cal could face LSU QB grad transfer in season-opener as Brandon Harris lands in UNC

Tough test for the new look Cal defense.

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The California Golden Bears made do with a graduate transfer quarterback last season. They might have to face a graduate transfer quarterback in their first game of 2017.

The North Carolina Tar Heels lost about half of their offensive talent. The Tar Heels especially have a gaping hole at quarterback, and underclassmen Nathan Elliott, Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd are currently sharing spring practice reps.

They’re about to get help from LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, who will graduate transfer to Chapel Hill and do his best to get eligible by the fall. Harris will graduate from LSU this summer and be eligible to play for the season opener against Cal.

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Posted by QB Brandon Harris on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Harris lost his starting job in Week 2 of last year, but North Carolina lost junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky to the NFL Draft, where he is expected to be the first quarterback taken overall by an NFL team. He has now been replaced by a graduate transfer hoping to pick up the slack (This all sounds familiar, doesn’t it?).

Cal will be breaking in a new starting quarterback this season on the road in North Carolina. Harris has around an average completion rate of 54-55% in his career, with 20 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for seven touchdowns.