Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Kline called Cal “the school of my dreams,” with family nearby and his girlfriend and high school pals are all at Berkeley.
But Kline told the San Jose Mercury News he might have to consider his options, considering he has played behind fellow freshman Jared Goff this season.
“That’s definitely the core of the thing—is there an opportunity?”
While Kline never used the dreaded “t” word (transfer), it’s obvious that he’s at least kicking the idea around.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play and start as a college football quarterback and I want that opportunity here,” Kline said. “But it’s something I definitely have to think about: Am I going to get that opportunity here?”
Kline has played in five games for the 1-10 Golden Bears this season and is 35-for-67 for 328 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions and has run the ball nine times for 35 yards.
Kline replaced Goff in the third quarter on Saturday at Colorado, but was yanked after not producing a scoring drive in two series.
“Colorado was definitely one of the hardest moments, getting in and getting pulled,” Kline said. “Like I said after the game, you have to trust what the coaches are doing, even if you believe otherwise, because that’s part of being a leader.”
Kline was once regarded as Cal’s quarterback of the future, but Goff beat him out for the position prior to the season. Goff has completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,314 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 starts.
Kline sat out the 2012 season as a redshirt before starting his freshman year of eligibility this season. Goff is a true freshman.