Coach Sonny Dykes said during a Pac-12 coaches teleconference on Monday morning that he has no better idea who his starting quarterback will be than he did a month ago when spring practice ended 44 days ago.
He added that he’d like to have it figured out within 12 to 15 practices after fall camp begins on Aug. 5. In other words, we should know the starting QB in about 100 days.
As of right now, Zack Kline, Jared Goff and Austin Hinder all remain in the mix.
“Had a chance to go back and review everything and really felt similar as we did after wrapping spring ball up,” Dykes said. “We felt like we had three guys that we thought were very different in what they brought to the table, but all three of them were good players, good leaders, were competitive guys we felt like could handle being the starting quarterback at Cal and all the stuff that goes with that.
“We felt similar after going back and looking at tape. Guys traded days, so there were days you’d walk off the field and you’d say, `OK, Zack Kline’s the guy.’ And then the next day, you’d say, `Jared Goff’s the guy,’ and then Austin Hinder would make a run. I don’t think anybody solidified the position during the spring.”
Asked how quickly after fall practice begins he’d like to settle on a starter, Dykes said, “As soon as possible … the best thing would be one of the guys really improves over the summer and takes over the job a week into camp and we just move on from there.
“I think we’re going to need to make a decision by practice 12, practice 15, probably at the latest. We’re hoping somebody is the clear-cut winner.”