BERKELEY – Cal head coach Sonny Dykes named senior Davis Webb the Golden Bears' starting quarterback on Thursday.
The graduate transfer joined Cal in May when he enrolled in the school's public health master's program and is eligible to play for the Bears in 2016 after graduating from Texas Tech in May. He played in 23 games with 14 starts over his three campaigns at Texas Tech and threw for career totals of 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Webb begins the 2016 season on watch lists for the Maxwell Award honoring the nation's top player and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recognizing the top quarterback.
"We felt like it was the right decision to make once separation occurred," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "Davis' maturity and knowledge of what we're trying to do put him a little bit ahead of our other quarterbacks. He's new to our program but he came in with three seasons of experience at Texas Tech running this style of offense. We wanted to work out the details of our offense and put all the pieces together, and the quarterback is a pretty important part of that."
"We have a great group of quarterbacks here and it is an honor to get the opportunity to start," Webb said. "College football and particularly the quarterback position is a performance-based deal. My job now is to prepare my best each day and do my job on gameday. I need to do everything I can so my teammates can enjoy success. We are all going to push each other every day to improve as individuals and as a team. That is what a championship culture looks like and that is what coach Dykes is developing here."
"Davis has a lot of experience as a starting quarterback at the collegiate level and that's why he separated himself from the others early in camp," offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said. "He also played in a similar system at Texas Tech and his familiarity with what we are trying to do offensively was another major factor in our decision. We felt that we needed to start building continuity with the ones and we want to be ready to go once we get on the plane to go to Australia so that sped up the process. Fans are going to see a very confident quarterback who likes to take control of the game and compete every play. He's going to be a very exciting player to watch."
Webb completed 459-of-747 passes (61.4%) and posted a 138.4 passer efficiency during his Texas Tech career. He ranks eighth among the school's all-time leaders in passing touchdowns, 10th in passing yards and touchdowns responsible for (49), and 11th in passing completions, passing attempts and total offense (5,567).
Webb began his collegiate career with a stellar true freshman season in 2013 when he was an honorable mention Freshman All-American and helped lead the Red Raiders to an 8-5 overall record including an upset victory over No. 14 Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl when he was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 28-of-41 passes for 403 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Webb played in 10 games with six starts and threw for 2,718 yards on 226-of-361 passing (62.6%) with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a 139.1 passer efficiency rating. He also set seven Big 12 freshman records and four school marks for rookies.
Webb started his 2014 sophomore campaign on preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award. He would finish the season completing 211-of-345 passes (61.2%) for 2,539 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a 138.4 passer efficiency mark.
Webb was limited to five games off the bench as a 2015 junior, completing 22-of-41 passes for 300 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.22 passer efficiency rating.
Webb spent his final prep season in 2012 at Prosper High School in Texas, where he was an honorable mention All-State and first-team All-District selection who guided his squad to the Class 4A Division II Regional semifinals while throwing for 2,658 yards and 23 touchdowns on 210-of-359 passing. He played his first three prep campaigns at Keller High School also in Texas and earned All-District recognition as a 2011 junior when he completed 200-of-378 passes for 2,682 yards with 26 touchdowns.
Webb will lead Cal into the first game of the 2016 college football season against Hawai'i at the College Football Sydney Cup in Australia. The contest will be held at the 83,000-seat ANZ Stadium and be the first college football game ever in Sydney as well as the third in Australia and first since 1987. The College Football Sydney Cup will be televised by ESPN in primetime in the United States on Friday, Aug. 26 (10 pm ET/7 pm PT). Given the 17-hour time difference between Sydney and Berkeley, the game will kick off from the 83,500-seat ANZ Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 27 (Noon, Sydney Time).
Cal is in the midst of its 2016 training camp at Kabam Field at California Memorial and will hold nearly three weeks of practices at the venue before departing for Sydney on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Cal will have an open date after returning to the United States before resuming its season at San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 10 (7:30 pm PT, CBS Sports Network). The Bears host Texas in their 2016 home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17 (7:30 pm PT, ESPN or ESPN2), with the Longhorns making their first trip to Berkeley since 1969.
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