BTTV: Tui Talks Quarterbacks

BERKELEY -- Cal QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo breaks down his top two signal callers.

BERKELEY -- Marques Tuiasosopo breaks down Ross Bowers and Chase Forrest, the top two contenders for California's starting quarterback job.

On the quarterback competition: "I think both Chase and Ross have done a nice job of getting a pretty good understanding of our system, and what we're asking them to do. They've both flashed and done well. They've both shown times where they need to learn. I'm excited with where they're at, with a couple more practices left, and I'm kind of looking forward to getting them better each day."

What specifics do you want to see from them in the spring game on Saturday: "I think as I approach their progress, individually, and then collectively, as a group, I just want to see consistency. When you play the game of football, you're going to have a chance to throw a deep ball for a touchdown. You're going to have a chance to check down or go through your first progression and an intermediate pass, or get us out of a bad run and into a good run. I just want to see the consistency. That's what it's all about, and I think they've flashed, like I said earlier, and they've done some really nice things. I just think they need to continue to work hard to be consistent."

Does one do certain things better than the other and vice versa? "It's funny. They're almost similar, but they're also as much different as they are similar, in a way, so it's kind of funny. I'll tell you what, they've both done a nice job throwing the ball. Ross's ball jumps off, but Chase [has a] quick release, and his ability to escape has helped him. I'm very pleased with where they're at, and looking forward to continuing to push it this last week, and through the summer program."

Does one take more risks than the other, and is one more careful: "I think, at times, you could say that about both of them, and the next week, they flip. I think that's all part of learning a new system, and for them, really, getting a lot of reps for the first time in their career, where they've watched guys like Goff and Davis Webb take the majority of the reps. Now, they're in those guys' shoes, so they get to feel it on an everyday basis. They're learning. The one thing I really like about both of them, man, is that they are gung ho about getting in and studying it on film, themselves. They're in there, watching film by themselves, after each practice. We don't have to push them to do that, and that's a great sign."

Are you still using the virtual reality, like they did last year: "We have it, and we utilize a little bit of it. We'll probably utilize it more, here in May, when they can do it on their own, but right now, we're just focusing on getting our installs in, and getting the terminology and the comfort level there with everything. We haven't used it as much as we will in the future."

How big of a jump have they made in comfort level: "I think it's natural that they're a lot more comfortable here, 12 practices later, and I'm happy with where they're at."


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