California safety Avery Sebastian announced today via social media that he is pursuing other opportunities, and after receiving his undergraduate degree from Berkeley, he intends to play elsewhere as a graduate student.
His statement in full reads:
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley, and earn my undergraduate degree from the world’s top public university. I am extremely proud to be a Golden Bear, and strived to be a leader on and off the field. I left my blood, sweat and tears on Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. I gave everything I had to this program and community while working hard to finish my degree in four years and will forever be thankful to all of those who helped support me during this journey.
Now, I am ready to pursue my master’s degree. However, Cal does not currently offer a graduate program in my field of choice. In addition, I have one year of eligibility remaining and wish to play that final year while working toward my master’s degree at another university.
I will always love this university, my teammates, fellow students, administration, coaches, staff, our fans, and all who helped make this experience unforgettable. You made my four years in Berkeley four years that I will always treasure and never forget.
Thank you, Cal Family, for everything.
This season, Sebastian tallied 21 tackles, with a season-high seven against Stanford. He forced one fumble and recorded one interception – against Arizona.
The redshirt junior missed all but part of the opening game against Northwestern in the 2013 season due to a torn Achilles due to bone spurs in his ankle, a source close to Sebastian said. Before exiting that game, Sebastian had 11 tackles and one interception.
As a sophomore, Sebastian played in 11 games, with four starts at safety and earning an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection on special teams. He recorded 56 tackles – fifth on the team – with 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
As a true freshman in 2011, Sebastian played in 11 games off the bench, primarily on special teams, after coming in as a four-star U.S. Army All-American out of McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.
“Avery Sebastian has been an outstanding representative of the University of California and our football program both on and off the field since his arrival at Cal,” said head coach Sonny Dykes. “I congratulate Avery on graduating from the No. 1 public university in the nation in four years and wish him nothing but the best in all of his future pursuits.”