Backup quarterback Zach Kline confirmed Sunday that he is in the process of securing a release from his scholarship to Cal and will transfer to another school.
“It’s for sure,” said Kline, a redshirt freshman from Danville.
Also leaving is offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa, coach Sonny Dykes said.
Tagaloa, a sophomore from Salesian High, was voted a team captain before this season but lost his starting tackle job late in the year, then was moved to guard.
Dykes, in a phone interview, said the school won’t be announcing changes to the roster until the Dec. 18 junior college signing date. But he confirmed Kline and Tagaloa are exiting and he believes there will be more defections.
“Typically, there’s going to be some (players leave) after the first year. Guys don’t feel like they fit in. I’m not worried,” Dykes said. “Honestly, I thought we would have double-digits (depart). I don’t think it will be anywhere near to that.”
Cal was 1-11 this season in Dykes’ debut, including a 63-13 loss to Stanford in the Big Game.
Kline, a high-level recruit out of San Ramon Valley High, said he met last week with Dykes and was convinced his best chance to play is elsewhere.
“I just think from what the coaches have told me, I have a better opportunity somewhere else,” he said. “They put it to me straight and in a professional way, which I appreciate.”
Kline said he has no idea where he will go from here, and said the paperwork is not yet complete so he cannot yet take calls from other schools.