Devon Mondster, a transfer who began his college career at UCLA, is competing with Chase Garbers for the starting quarterback position during the spring. Quarterback play was clearly a shortcoming for Cal during the 2018 season.
Garbers is taking the first snaps at quarterback during spring drills, and Modster is second, but that probably does not mean anything at this point.
Modster is still trying to learn the offense. "I wouldn't say I've mastered it yet," he said.
One of his main attributes, he says, is avoiding critical errors. "I think I don't make a lot of dumb decisions," he said. That would be a nice asset, as many of Cal's problems last season could be traced to their turnovers. Garbers threw three first-half interceptions in the Cheez-It Bowl, leading to him being benched at halftime.
He agreed with the Justin Wilcox's earlier assessment that he throws the deep ball well, although the Bears need to find some players who can get behind defenses. Cal did not have such a player last season, and the void was noticeable.
He says he benefits from going against Cal's defense every day now, calling it "one of the most complex defenses in the Pac-12."
In case you are wondering his first name is pronounced da-VAHN.