California quarterback Allan Bridgford has decided to make his departure from Cal official. After taking a hiatus from the team last week to decide his future, the school announced Monday that Bridgford would leave the team.
“I was recruited by former coach Jeff Tedford to play quarterback in a pro-style offense that was tailored to my strengths, which are my abilities to make all the throws, my decision making and my leadership," Bridgford said in a statement released from the school." As the team’s most experienced quarterback, I expected to take the majority of reps this spring. But after having limited reps in the first four spring practices, I met with both offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes. It was made clear to me that they had decided to go in a different direction. Therefore, it is time to move on and find a school where I can play right away and hopefully for two seasons if I’m granted a sixth year of eligibility."
Of the quarterbacks who started spring ball, Bridgford was the only one with game experience. Last year he backed up Zach Maynard and appeared in four games, completing 31 of 68 passes for 277 yards with one touchdown and three picks.
But it seems pretty clear he's not the best fit for Dykes' system, which led the nation in total and scoring offense last season when Dykes was the head coach at Louisiana Tech.
“We wish Allan all the best both on the football field and in the classroom,” Dykes said in a statement. “He is a quality quarterback that should have success in an offense suited for his skill set. His contributions to Cal football over the past four years are appreciated, and we are pleased that he has decided to graduate from Cal this summer."
From spring reports, it looks like Jared Goff, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder are getting the bulk of the work. Kyle Boehm worked just one series in a weekend scrimmage with three attempts while Goff had 23 attempts, Kline had eight and Hinder had 10.