He’s back: Cal quarterback Chase Garbers set to return vs. USC

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Less than two months after departing Cal’s first loss of the season with an upper-body injury, starting quarterback Chase Garbers is set to make his return to the field.

The Bears announced prior to Saturday’s kickoff against USC that Garbers will start against the Trojans, a program he helped defeat for the first time in 14 years in last season’s 15-14 win. Prior to suffering his injury, Garbers compiled 952 passing yards, eight passing touchdowns and two interceptions.

Including the game in which Garbers departed early, the Bears have gone 1-4 after a 4-0 start to the 2019 campaign. After Saturday’s home matchup against USC, Cal will close out the year with road contests against Stanford and UCLA.

Garbers will inherit the starting job from Devon Modster, who started three games after Garbers’ injury. True freshman Spencer Brasch’s lone start came on Oct. 26 against Utah. With Garbers starting, Modster figures to be the backup with Brasch serving as the emergency starter.

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