Quarterback Ross Bowers and six other California Golden Bears announced that they will be transferring from the team.
Bowers’s career at Cal has been unusual. After winning a quarterback battle to be named starter for the 2017 season (as a redshirt-sophomore), Bowers started all 12 games, completing 272 of 461 passing attempts (3039 yards) for 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and becoming the seventh quarterback in Cal history to pass for more than 3000 yards. Bowers led our team to a thrilling upset over the then–eighth Washington State Cougars and over the course of his career, has two flipping-touchdown runs under his belt.
After another quarterback battle, Bowers earned the starting job before the end of 2018’s fall camp. In the season opener (against the North Carolina Tar Heels), Bowers started the game completing 8 of 17 passes for 56 yards—the offense was ineffective. After the first half of that game, Bowers somewhat mysteriously never saw game action again; a few weeks later, the coaching staff revealed that Bowers had suffered a thumb injury and nothing more than that was revealed.
Bowers is a polarizing quarterback among Cal fans. He certainly didn’t light the world afire as a first-year starter, but at the end of the day, he was still a California Golden Bear—we thank him for his years of hard work and commitment and wish him luck in the future.
Cal quarterback Ross Bowers among seven players leaving Bears https://t.co/I3p8PZtiK5— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 19, 2018
Along with Ross Bowers, RB Johnny Adams, LB Derron Brown, WR Greyson Bankhead, RB Derrick Clark, RB Biaggio Ali-Walsh, and WR Brandon Singleton will also be transferring. Thanks for your time here guys. We wish you the best of luck wherever you go.