COSTA MESA, Calif. -- California quarterback commit Chase Garbers of Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar completed 18 of 24 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns, but the drop-back passer was more than just an arm in the 42-13 win over Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder showed off his toughness in getting two fourth-and-short first downs on QB sneaks, and also pinballed his way to a 15-yard touchdown -- one of two he scored on the ground against the Chargers. Garbers finished the day with six rushing attempts for 29 yards, scoring a touchdown or converting for a first down on four of those six carries. He was not sacked once.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1704882-bttv-chase-garbers...Garbers, after a drop on his third attempt of the day, completed his next eight passes, including a 68-yard touchdown to 2018 prospect Tae Le.
Garbers finished his day going 3-for-3 on his final two drives -- a two-play drive that saw him hit Le for a 37-yard strike, and then Reece Perez for a 10-yard score; and a one-play drive that saw him toss a screen to Le for five yards that, one stiff-arm later, turned into an 82-yard touchdown.
What stuck out about Cal's 2017 signal-caller? He's got swagger. He's got confidence. He's got command. Playing quarterback is so much more than just having physical tools, and Garbers has the intangibles in spades. I really wanted to see him work through his progressions, and him targeting Le as much as he did (10 targets) is a bit concerning, but he did show good vision, and exploited mismatches. Though not known for his running ability, it was a pleasant surprise to see his toughness, particularly on the flipping touchdown he ripped off after finding his receivers covered in the end zone. I wasn't expecting that kind of athleticism out of him.
The big knock on Garbers will be his size, but at 6-foot-3, he has plenty of room to add size, and I think that he could be a productive runner, given time in a college weight room. He won't beat you with his speed, but he doesn't need to, as we saw from Davis Webb in the opening act against Hawaii, when he took a speed option for a touchdown in Australia.
That said, running isn't where Garbers's bread is buttered, at least, not as much as Max Gilliam and Victor Viramontes. One of his runs -- which only amounted to four yards -- saw him scramble east and west a lot, before turning up field. He ran about 25 yards to gain 4, and should have thrown it away. That's one thing I'd liked to have seen more of -- having to make snap decision on his feet -- but that wasn't going to come against the El Toro defense.
No, Garbers will make his hay as a thrower, and that's where he impressed me.
18-for-24 is a pretty good line, as it is, but looking deeper, one of his incompletions was a throw-away, and I noted three drops. Only two incompletions were true incompletions, and even when he didn't connect, he almost always hit his receivers in their hands, giving them a chance to make a play.