CSDTV Exclusive: Rubenzer Earns His Way

We take a closer look at Cal quarterback commit Luke Rubenzer -- as close as being in the pocket with him, as he throws the ball around Memorial Stadium during Sunday's Sonny Dykes Camp.


Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro has been one of the Grand Canyon State's top teams for the better part o the past decade, both in state titles and in Division I prospects, including quarterbacks Tim Ruben and Teddy Ruben, and now, California commit Luke Rubenzer.

Prior to Rubenzer's ascention, head coach Jason Mohns switched the offense from spread-to-run, but with Rubenzer's arm, the offense has become much more balanced, in large part because of Rubenzer's ability to be a threat both in the pocket and on the run, though he does have a stronger-than-expected arm from a player his size.

Mohns said of Rubenzer that he's a great competitor and a great leader. Rubenzer is a better passer than a runner, and is decidedly a pass-first quarterback. He is not, however, reticent to run, and when he does take off, it's really one of his biggest assets. He tallied over 4,000 yards of total offense as a junior, completing 69% of his passes. In his varsity career, he's thrown 72 touchdowns to just 10 picks. He threw for 2,834 yards and 36 touchdowns to just 6 picks as a junior, rushing for 1,184 yards and 10 scores, so he certainly qualifies as a dual-threat, which is a perfect fit for the new Cal offense.

At 6-foot, 185 pounds, Rubenzer's not exactly Dano Graves-small, but he's not big, either. He does make up for his size with a strong and accurate arm, and a short, quick motion with some unexpected pop.

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