Although Cal is not yet ready to name a starting quarterback for next season, it is becoming apparent that Chase Garbers is separating himself from the pack.
Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin admitted in the video that Garbers is the leader at this point, but added that is to be expected since Garbers was a starter for most of last season. While Garbers is getting the work with the first-team offense during spring drills, Devon Modster is working with the second team. And Baldwin notes that it is too early to rate Modster's chances of overtaking Garbers for the starting job with just 10 practices at Cal under his belt.
Nonetheless, the eye test favors Garbers. On Wednesday, he was decisive on his reads and accurate with his passes. Although he benefited from a few breakdowns in the secondary, Garbers clearly had better control of the offense than Modster did.
Garbers will no doubt work with the first-team offense during Saturday's Spring Game (11 a.m.), and it remains to be seen whether Modster will also get some playing time with the first unit. If Garbers continues to clearly be the better quarterback in the Spring Game, he is likely to go into fall camp as the No. 1 quarterback, and it will be his job to lose.