Cal Football: Transfer QB Devon Modster May Not Be Cleared by NCAA for Opener
Assuming redshirt sophomore Chase Garbers will be Cal's starting quarterback for its Aug. 31 season opener against UC Davis, the question of Devon Modster's availability for that game is suddenly up for grabs.
Modster, who transferred from UCLA, has been dueling Garbers for the No. 1 job since last spring. That competition is ongoing, although Garbers -- who started much of last season -- appears to have the upper hand.
But coach Justin Wilcox confirmed Saturday that Cal is awaiting word from the NCAA about Modster's eligibility following his transfer from Westwood. Wilcox declined to specify whether Modster's eligibility issue is restricted to the season opener or could extend beyond that.
He said he expects to get an answer from the NCAA next week, but has no idea what that might be.
In the meantime, Wilcox said walk-ons Robby Rowell, formerly of Acalanes High School in Lafayette, and Jack Newman, a transfer from City College of San Francisco and native of Sebastopol, continue to compete for the No. 3 spot. If Modster cannot play against Davis, either Rowell or Newman could be Garbers' backup for that game.
Rowell, a redshirt freshman, seemingly has gotten more No. 3 reps in recent practices but Wilcox said it's still early and no one has nailed down a spot on the depth chart. He said freshman Spencer Brasch also is "growing" and will get additional reps in practice.
Of Rowell, Wilcox said, "He's real conscientious. It's important to him, he's working at it. He has a ton of work to do yet."