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Cal starting quarterback Jack Plummer enters transfer portal

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June 23, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; Football: California Golden Bears Headshots at California Memorial Stadium. Jack Plummer (13) (Photo credit: Al Sermeno/KLC fotos)


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DECEMBER 21, 2022

Cal starting quarterback Jack Plummer entered the transfer portal, according to ESPN and 247 Sports. Plummer transferred to Cal last year from Purdue as a grad transfer, and is entering the portal once again as a graduate.

At Cal, Plummer threw for 3,095 and 21 touchdowns, posting a huge 406 passing yards against USC on Nov. 5, a game that Cal lost 41-35 against a then-No. 9 team. At Cal, the Arizona local’s career game highs include 35 pass completions, also against USC, and 52 pass attempts at Colorado.

Head coach Justin Wilcox suggested in a press conference that the coaching staff will be looking outside of Cal’s current roster to fill the role. Kai Millner, Cal’s second-string quarterback who played briefly against Washington State and then again against Oregon in October, seems to not be fully confirmed to be Cal’s main quarterback in the coming fall.

“We’re going to be very active in recruiting the quarterback position, high school and transfer quarterbacks,” said Wilcox. “Those guys have done a great job for us, it’s not my place to announce their intentions, but (we) really appreciate both of them and we’re going to be active in pursuing quarterbacks.”

Over his season at Cal, Plummer started all 12 games as the first new starter, for the first time since Chase Garbers, who filled that role from 2018 until his graduation in 2021. Plummer went 4-8 with the Bears, but won notable games including a 49-31 homecoming win against Arizona and a 27-20 Big Game win against Stanford.

Having lost one, and potentially two quarterbacks to the portal and fielding an increasingly new offense, Cal will look toward the portal and its recruits for its new blue and gold quarterback following Plummer’s departure.

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DECEMBER 21, 2022