BERKELEY -- Though California head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital both praised Texas Tech grad transfer quarterback Davis Webb's advanced approach on Monday, neither were ready to name the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder as the Bears' starter, but it's hard to think that won't happen soon. Both Spavital and Dykes have seen his tape from Lubbock, have deep, personal relationships with those around Webb and now, they've seen him work with their receivers.
"I didn't get too far into it," Spavital said, when asked how much he communicated with his receivers about their throwing sessions with Webb over the summer. "Sometimes, they'd come through and they'd say how good an arm he had. I said I'll see it when we get out there, the first day of practice. Davis does have a tremendous arm, and I think he's going to be pretty good."
That arm strength was the first thing that receiver Ray Hudson noticed about Webb during summer throwing sessions. Spavital attested to the chemistry that was more than apparent between all of the quarterbacks, and the receivers, thanks to those throwing sessions.
"I do, and I think that's very important, especially in college, right now," Spavital said. "A lot of new players. I think the more reps that they can do, the better continuity they're going to have ... I think that continuity is huge. It's just going out there, rolling the ball out there and throwing the ball around. A lot of the coaches aren't around, so you're going to have that freedom, and they go out there and get on the same page. I think the more reps that you can get over the summer time, the more progress they're going to have in those first few weeks of practice."
It doesn't seem like it's going to be long until the announcement is made. The ball explodes out of Webb's hand, his footwork is quick and precise and his deep ball placement is exceptional -- leading receivers and hitting them in stride. There was rarely a false note.
Spavital said that, when he looks at the tape of the first practice with Webb and the other quarterbacks, he'll be looking at "everything."
"It's down to the little things right now," Spavital said. "We have to pay very close attention to detail, from their footwork to their checks to their decision making."
The quarterbacks will get three more sessions of film before practice at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
"From Davis Webb being here, I think that's upped everybody's playing in the quarterback room," Spavital said. "I think the competition, the environment that coach Dykes has created around here, and in the quarterback room, we've got a lot of competition. Over the summer time, you can tell that they picked up on a lot of their individual work, and they also did a lot of studying in the film room. Very pleased with all the strides these guys have gone through since the beginning."
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