Cal redshirt junior safety Avery Sebastian, plagued by injury the past two seasons and due to graduate in two weeks, said Friday he will transfer to play his senior season and pursue a post-graduate degree at another school.
“I loved it here at Cal,” Sebastian said in a phone interview. “I always have to look ahead and do what’s best. After reviewing my four years at Cal, talking with my family and friends, this is the best decision. I’m just excited about the future.
Sebastian, 21, played just seven games this fall because of nagging quadriceps injury. He tore his Achilles tendon in the 2013 opener and missed the rest of the season.
A native of McDonough, Georgia, Sebastian said he’s open to play anywhere that fits his football skills and his desire to earn a Masters degree in communications or sports management.
Because he graduates this month with a sociology degree, Sebastian will be eligible to play next season without sitting out.
“Avery Sebastian has been an outstanding representative of the University of California and our football program both on and off the field since his arrival at Cal,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “I congratulate Avery on graduating from the No. 1 public university in the nation in four years and wish him nothing but the best in all of his future pursuits.”
Sebastian leaves despite what he called “an awesome experience” at Berkeley.
“The Bay Area has a lot of things that attract people,” he said. “I had a great time here. It really helped me mature, being away from home. I had great teammates, a great experience. I had everything.”