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Football: Bridgford says he’s gone

Senior quarterback Allan Bridgford said on Twitter that he has asked for his release from Cal and plans to complete his college football at another school.
 
“Today I asked for my release from the CAL football team. I plan on graduating this summer and transferring 2 another school 2 play football,” he tweeted.
 
“I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me in any way. I love CAL and always will. It is time for me to move on and God has a plan for me. Go bears, always.”
 
Bridgford, who started three games last season in place of departed senior Zach Maynard, was informed last week by new coach Sonny Dykes that his practice reps would diminish.
 
Bridgford told Dykes he wanted the weekend to consider his options.
 
Cal announced Bridgford’s decision with a news release which added the following comment from the quarterback:
 
“Today I asked for my release from the University of California football program. I was recruited by former coach Jeff Tedford to play quarterback in a pro-style offense that was tailored to my strengths, which are my abilities to make all the throws, my decision making and my leadership.

“As the team’s most experienced quarterback, I expected to take the majority of reps this spring. But after having limited reps in the first four spring practices, I met with both offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes. It was made clear to me that they had decided to go in a different direction. Therefore, it is time to move on and find a school where I can play right away and hopefully for two seasons if I’m granted a sixth year of eligibility.

“I love Cal, my teammates and brothers, our fans and the program. I made many of my best friends for life here. Without a doubt I plan to graduate from Cal this summer. Go Bears!”

Freshman Jared Goff, redshirt freshman Zach Kline and sophomore Austin Hinder are competing for Cal’s No. 1 quarterback job.

Bridgford played in 10 games with three starts (all in 2012) during four seasons at Cal from 2009-12. He completed 44-of-100 passes for 461 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also had one rushing touchdown.

“We wish Allan all the best both on the football field and in the classroom,” Dykes said. “He is a quality quarterback that should have success in an offense suited for his skill set. His contributions to Cal football over the past four years are appreciated, and we are pleased that he has decided to graduate from Cal this summer.” 

Jeff Faraudo

  • Rollonubears

    It doesn’t get any classier than that. Wow! I’m a huge ab fan now.

  • Larry

    Cool, he will GRADUATE!!! His leaving the football team won’t hurt the grad rate. Well played Allen.

  • CalBearister

    I agree it was classy to say he loves Cal…but I’m a little annoyed by these comments:

    “I was recruited by former coach Jeff Tedford to play quarterback in a pro-style offense that was tailored to my strengths, which are my abilities to make all the throws, my decision making and my leadership.”

    “As the team’s most experienced quarterback, I expected to take the majority of reps this spring.”

    No offense to Mr. Bridgford, but: (a) someone can say I’m wrong, but I didn’t see a guy who could “make all the throws” in a game – maybe that was the injury, maybe it was Tedford’s implosion as a QB guru, but please don’t blame your lack of reps from Coach Dykes on a system change; and (b) you don’t get reps because you’ve been here the longest or because you’re the most experienced (or at least you don’t under Coach Dykes – maybe under Coach “Seniority Counts” Tedford).”

    I don’t know, it just seemed kind of whiny, like “I love Cal, but when Tedford got fired I lost the program that I signed up for, and I’m leaving because Coach Dykes won’t give me a chance.”

    No, it’s because you threw 100 passes at Cal, completed just 44, and had 1 TD to 3 picks.

    Flame away.

  • H8sRed

    Although I think AB is being genuine in his appreciation for Cal, I have to agree with the bearister.

    I think that was part of the team’s problem the past few years. Some, but certainly not all, of the players saw they had the longest tenure at their position and expected the starting role to be handed to them as a result. This might explain the inconsistent and below expectation performances.

    Just like in the business world, you can’t just rely on your position or past successes; you have to prove your mettle every day.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    I’ve always been a big Allan Bridgford fan since Day 1 when he signed his LOI. I had been calling for him to take over for Maynard since Oct ‘ll.

    Bearister, put yourself in his shoes. The kid has to give a statement. What he stated was mostly true or “fine” with me. The word “expected” was his only faux pas.

    I wish AB the best as he graduates from Cal and moves on to another program.

  • Drizzlyboy

    Give the kid a break. Class act. Considering he still wants to play one or two years of college football, what do want him to say? “I don’t have the ability to make the throws, but I want another school to give me a chance”? Come on, he was a highly successful high school QB who still thinks he can bring that level of excellence to the college game. Sure, he may have thought his seniority would have given him the upper hand going into this season. After all, most programs are led by upper classmen. I have no problem with his quotes. Best of luck, AB. I wish you well in your endeavors.

  • Calbearister

    How about he just says “Enjoyed my time here, realize I am not going to play this year, would rather spend my last year playing organized football actually playing so I’m going to transfer because it’s the last chance I’ve got to play.” And then leave it at that. Sort of like Saleem Muhammed back in the day.

    I wish him the best too. I just don’t like the excuses. He wasn’t a victim of Dykes’ “system.” He didn’t play well in Tedford’s system either.

  • BlueNGold

    First of all, I don’t blame AB for deciding to move on. And without doubt the coaching change has resulted in the program moving in a decidedly different direction. His choice of words could have been better but I think he was trying to express himself honestly in saying what he did. He certainly should have known he was open to criticism for his limited play last season, though I personally thought he looked a lot better in the later games than he did against Nevada, which by reports was not entirely his fault. I wish him well and thank him for staying with Cal as long as he did.