Cal quarterback Zach Kline announces intent to transfer

Cal quarterback Zach Kline passed 1-for-3 in the 62-28 loss to USC on Nov. 9.
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Cal quarterback Zach Kline passed 1-for-3 in the 62-28 loss to USC on Nov. 9.

Zach Kline, Cal’s backup quarterback, has confirmed that he plans to transfer. The redshirt sophomore does not know where he will transfer to.

“I just think from what the coaches have told me, I have a better opportunity somewhere else,” Kline said to the Bay Area News Group. “They put it to me straight and in a professional way, which I appreciate.”

Kline, a highly touted recruit from Danville, Calif., sat out his first season redshirting in 2012. This past summer, he was in the running for the starting quarterback job but eventually lost the competition to freshman quarterback Jared Goff.

“I wish I could stay at Cal. I tried to stay all year,” Kline said. “It’s clear that Jared’s the guy. They told me, ‘If you want to start, you should go somewhere else.’ I need to find a place where that’s going to be the case.”

In relief of Goff, Kline completed 43 passes out of 82 attempts for 443 yards, with three touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Sean Wagner-McGough covers football. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @seanjwagner.

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