The California Golden Bears have named graduate transfer Davis Webb as the team’s new starting quarterback, the team announced Thursday.
Webb will replace Jared Goff, who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Webb transferred to Cal from Texas Tech in the off-season. With the Red Raiders, he threw for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in a total of 23 games. He started in 14 games during his time at Texas Tech.
“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 game day. I need to do everything I can so my teammates can enjoy success.”
“We felt like it was the right decision to make once separation occurred,” Cal 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.”
Cal opens the 2016 season against Hawaii in Australia on Aug. 26.