Football: Still no word on starting QB

Cal completed its preparation for Saturday night’s game at Washington, but coach Sonny Dykes was taking one more day to decide who his starting quarterback will be.

Freshman Jared Goff, the starter for seven games, and redshirt freshman Zach Kline continued to share first-team practice reps Thursday.


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Afterward, Dykes said he plans to announce a starter on Friday. “I don’t see any reason to wait ’til game time,” he said.

“I think they both practiced well this week,” Dykes said. “I thought particularly Zach has picked it up the latter part of the week.”

Dykes reopened competition at the position this week after the Bears (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) lost 49-17 to Oregon State, their fifth straight defeat. Kline replaced Goff in the third quarter of that game, throwing two late touchdown passes.

Whoever gets the call to face the Huskies (4-3, 1-3) is likely to go the distance.

“The last thing we want to do is somebody gets into a flow and another quarterback comes in,” Dykes said. “I’ve never found that to be particularly effective.”


Washington senior quarterback Keith Price, nursing a thumb injury on his throwing hand, is expected to be available for Saturday night, but coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t specify whether Price would start against Cal.



Jeff Faraudo