Cal's spring practice ended Friday the same way it began several weeks ago -- with Chase Garbers holding down the No. 1 quarterback spot.
Head coach Justin Wilcox confirmed what everybody who had been watching spring drills already knew -- that Garbers is atop the depth chart as the No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring. Wilcox also confirmed that Devon Modster, who played the 2017 season for UCLA, is No. 2 at the moment.
Wilcox noted that Modster began the spring with the handicap of not being as familiar with the Cal system and players as Garbers was, and that 15 days of spring workouts was not enough time to get him fully up to speed.
So officially the competition between Garbers and Modster will continue through summer conditioning and into fall camp, but something dramatic would have to happen for Garbers not to be the starting quarterback when the Bears open the 2019 season against UC Davis on August 31.
Of course, Cal's coaching staff has shown it is not opposed to changing quarterbacks during the season. Three different players started games at quarterback last season, and Garbers was replaced at halftime of the Cheez-It Bowl by a player who had not thrown a pass all season.