- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Davis Webb, who joined Cal this spring as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, is the new starting quarterback for the Golden Bears.

Coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday that Davis’ maturity and knowledge put him ahead of the other quarterbacks who were vying to succeed Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams in this year’s NFL draft.

Webb played in 23 games with 14 starts over three seasons at Texas Tech. He threw for 46 touchdowns and 5,557 yards with a 138.4 passer efficiency rating while with the Red Raiders. He spent last year as a backup and decided to transfer for his final season.

“He’s new to our program but he came in with three seasons of experience at Texas Tech running this style of offense,” Dykes said in a statement. “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.”

Webb has big shoes to fill at Cal, where Goff set school records for yards passing (12,200), completions (977) and touchdown passes (96). Goff improved every season and finished last season with career highs of 4,719 yards passing, a Pac-12 record 43 touchdown passes, 64.5 percent completion rate and a 161.3 passer rating.

“We have a great group of quarterbacks here and it is an honor to get the opportunity to start,” Webb said.

Cal opens the 2016 season on Aug. 26 facing Hawaii in Sydney, Australia.



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