California has received a graduate transfer, according to multiple reports. Davis Webb, the former quarterback at Texas Tech, has reneged on his commitment to Colorado, and will join the Bears in the fall as a graduate student. Webb confirmed this to FOX Sports's Bruce Feldman.
Webb visited the Golden Bears in early April after seeing a March 16 Colorado scrimmage in which the Buffaloes' offensive line struggle greatly. While Webb was on the Cal campus, Colorado's offensive line gave up four quarterback hurries and two sacks in the official spring game.
Webb, according to multiple sources, had been waiting on acceptance to a graduate program at Berkeley to announce his official transfer, and still has not announced. However, Webb did take "Colorado commit" off of his Twitter bio. It is not known at this time which graduate program he will be a part of, and a spokesperson for the Cal football program declined comment.
Colorado co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini, who coached Webb at Texas Tech, and recruited him to Boulder, sent out this tweet:
Colorado beat writer Adam Munsterteiger told BearTerritory that Webb, until last night, had been telling the Buffaloes staff that he would be coming to Boulder, but he "finally came clean this morning."
The addition of Demetris Robertson on May 1, plus the coming out party for Melquise Stovall during the spring game gives Webb two top-flight weapons right away, and with four of the five offensive line starters returning, plus the top three most productive running backs, the Cal offense has the pieces to be very productive.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1658890-spavital-breaks-do...ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Webb as his No. 1 senior quarterback prospect.
At Tech, Webb played under head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who coached with current Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital at Houston in 2009. Kingsbury and Spavital have shared a very close connection, ever since Kingsbury was an offensive quality control assistant, and Spavital a graduate assistant that season, under Dana Holgorsen.
“Davis Webb is the hardest working individual I've ever had the privilege of coaching," Kingsbury said in a December 2015 news release when Webb announced his intent to transfer. "He's a fierce competitor and an extremely talented quarterback. Wherever Davis lands, he will immediately change the outlook of that program."
The spring game on April 16 provided little clarity in the quarterback race, though Zach Kline performed the best, going 15-of-16 for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Presumptive frontrunner, Chase Forrest, went 16-of-23 for 176 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Ross Bowers went 11-of-21 for 152 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Max Gilliam went 7-of-10 for 80 yards, but did rip off several big runs.
None of those quarterbacks, though, bring the pedigree of Webb.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, who played behind Pat Mahomes in 2015 for the Red Raiders, has thrown 46 touchdowns to 22 picks over his career, and has a quick release and a strong arm, earning Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP in 2013 against then-No. 14 Arizona State by carving up the Sun Devils to the tune of 403 passing yards and four touchdowns, going 28-of-41.
In 2014, Webb was an Academic All-Big 12 second team selection, also appearing on the Maxwell Award Watch List and the Manning Award Watch List, starting eight games and passing for 2,539 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 picks in 211-of-345 passing (61.2%). After injuring his ankle against TCU on Oct. 25, Webb missed the final four games, and at the end of the season, he had surgery on his left shoulder, which he injured against Oklahoma State. During the four games Webb spent on the shelf, Mahomes averaged 439.6 yards passing per game, and 4.6 touchdowns, and he took the reins for good last season, with Webb appearing in only five games.