Cal Offensive Coordinator Talks Quarterbacks

BERKELEY -- Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is headed to the film room, but first, he breaks down what he saw from his quarterbacks on the first day of fall camp.


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BERKELEY -- California offensive coordinator Jake Spavital saw an across-the-board improvement in his quarterbacks after the summer, and it's no coincidence that everyone raised their game when Davis Webb arrived on campus.

"It's going to be a process, figuring it out," said head coach Sonny Dykes, who said last week that he had hoped to name a quarterback sooner, rather than later. "I saw some good things. Definitely, the thing that I wanted to see was improvement from what I saw during the spring from the guys that were here, and I definitely saw that. You could tell they put time in and did a good job this summer, working and coming out here. They looked more comfortable and had a better understanding of the offense."

Dykes said that "the separation will occur at some point," and that the decision on who will replace Jared Goff won't take a prescribed number of practices.

"When it happens, it happens, and that's when you roll," Dykes said. "I don't know that it'll have to be live-contact practices, because we won't hit those quarterbacks."

Webb hit nearly every deep ball -- save for one that went in and out of a receiver's hands -- and showed poise, confidence, composure and comfort. It was beyond apparent that he'd been a Division I starter before. "He's got a pretty clear understanding of what we're trying to do, offensively," Dykes said. "I think he's got good command of the offense, from a first-day standpoint. You can tell, again, that he's run something that's pretty similar, and has also put a lot of time in since he got here, as well."

Of particular note were Webb's quick release, his plus-plus arm talent and deft footwork. Webb's arm has a lot of pop -- noticeably more than his younger counterparts.

"I thought Davis had a good day," Dykes said. "We'll go in, watch the film, make an evaluation, roll it out tomorrow and try to figure it out again."

Dykes said all of the returning quarterbacks improved, and also noted newcomer Victor Viramontes, who, to this reporter's eye, was smooth, consistent and unfazed by his first day of fall camp.

"I thought we picked up where we left off in the spring, and the addition of Victor was good," Dykes said "It was good to see him. I thought he did some good things today, for a young guy, trying to figure it out."

Ross Bowers and Chase Forrest took second reps, with Forrest showing off his accuracy in passing net drills, and short screen passes. Bowers had the edge down field, though the pop on his deep balls was considerably less than Webb.

Bowers threw one of three picks on the day, a tipped ball that went to Khari Vanderbilt in seven-on-seven work. Webb also threw a pick, lazily lofting a ball to the sideline where Ashtyn Davis capitalized in 11-on-11 work. DePriest Turner also had an interception, jumping a route in the end zone.

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