For head coach Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns to have a resurgent 2016 season, winning the non-conference road game in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears is a necessity, but that just got more difficult with the Wednesday news that former Texas Tech Red Raiders graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb will play his final season for Cal, according to multiple reports.
Webb originally committed to the Colorado Buffaloes, but that ended up being more of a reservation, as Strong might say, as Webb kept his options open and even considered taking a visit to see the Auburn Tigers. However, Dykes won out in the end, as the opportunity to replace Jared Goff, the No. 1 draft pick in 2016, was too much to pass up.
A 6'5, 220-pounder from Prosper, Webb completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 23 games over three seasons at in Lubbock, but ultimately lost the starting job to Pat Mahomes and attempted only 41 passes last season.
With the early departure of Goff and the dearth of experience behind him, the expectation is for Webb to win the starting job quickly and decisively.
Webb isn't the only big addition for Cal this offseason, either, as the Golden Bears were able to secure a lot commitment from consensus five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson, the No. 14 player overall and the No. 1 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite. The 6'0, 175-pounder would bring tremendous explosiveness to the Cal offense, assuming that Dykes can hold off Georgia, which continues to pursue Robertson since he hasn't signed a National Letter of Intent.
Cal finished as the No. 34 team nationally last season in S&P+ and was projected to drop to No. 49 this season. However, the additions of Webb and Roberston could go a long way towards changing that and impacting the outcome of the September 17 game against Texas.