Suddenly, the Cal quarterback room was getting a little thin.
But the Bears will have four signal callers on the field beginning Monday when spring ball gets under way.
Joining incumbent start Chase Garbers and UCLA transfer Devon Modster and redshirt freshman walk-on Robby Rowell of Lafayette is sophomore walk-on Jack Newman. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Sebastopol passed for 3,468 yards last fall at City College of San Francisco. He completed 61 percent of his attempts, wth 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
At Analy High School, Newman passed for 4,051 yards an 53 TDs . . . as a junior! He had a 505-yard passing game and twice three six TDs in a game. As a senior, he passed for 4,480 yards and 55 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
Here's what Analy coach Daniel Bourdon said a couple years ago to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat about Newman:
“In our offensive system, we really leave a lot of the decision-making in the hands of the quarterback. Jack is a real smart football player. He studies games, and he knows his reads. And he’s an accurate passer.
“He’s got a quick delivery. From the time he catches it to the time it’s out of his hands, he’s a lot faster than other high school quarterbacks you’ll see. That’s a big deal in that short-timing-passing-game stuff.”
In the video above, coach Justin Wilcox talks about what he sees in Newman and why the Bears brought him on board.