The California football team returns four of its five starting offensive linemen for the 2016 season, but the Bears just got a bit stronger on the interior, adding former Texas A&M guard Jeremiah Stuckey as a graduate transfer. Stuckey -- a 6-foot-4, 305-pound guard out of Pacifica (Calif.) Terra Nova, signed a financial aid agreement with Cal this week, after being admitted to grad school, and will be available to play immediately in the fall.
“Jeremiah is coming home for his final collegiate season and we’re excited he is going to do that at Cal,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “He was a very heavily recruited offensive lineman coming out of San Francisco City College when he signed at Texas A&M and with his level of experience we’re looking forward to him competing for a starting job right away. I know he’s also excited to get a master’s degree from Cal.”
“Having been raised in the Bay Area, I am excited to finish my collegiate career in front of friends and family,” Stuckey said. “I am also looking forward to earning master’s degree at Cal.”
Stuckey played at City College of San Francisco out of Terra Nova High School, where he was all-league and all-county as a senior, earning the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award. After his freshman season at CCSF, he chose the Aggies over Arkansas, Ole Miss and Oregon. He redshirted in 2013, and played in eight games as a sophomore, and shared time at left guard this past season under now-Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital.
Stuckey will compete for the right guard spot vacated by the graduating Jordan Rigsbee, a spot already being contended for by JuCo transfer Dwayne Wallace and redshirt freshman Semisi Uluave. He will also provide depth at center and left guard spot behind incumbent Chris Borrayo, J.D. Hinnant and converted defensive tackle Chris Palmer.
Stuckey was a business major while in College Station. His father, Robert, played football at San Francisco State.