Senior quarterback Allan Bridgford, who lost practice time this spring to three younger players, said he asked Cal for his release and plans to complete his college football at another school.

"Today I asked for my release from the CAL football team. I plan on graduating this summer and transferring 2 another school 2 play football," he tweeted. "I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me in any way. I love CAL and always will. It is time for me to move on and God has a plan for me. Go bears, always."

If Bridgford does graduate this summer, it's possible he will be eligible to play at another BCS school without sitting out a year.

Bridgford, who started three games last season in place of departed senior Zach Maynard, was informed last week by new coach Sonny Dykes that his practice reps would diminish.

Freshman Jared Goff, redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder are competing for Cal's No. 1 quarterback job.

There was no separation between the three quarterbacks in the team's first depth chart of the season released Monday. They were listed in alphabetical order with the word "or" between the names: Goff or Hinder or Kline.

Each of the three quarterbacks threw touchdowns on their first drives in Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage.


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"It's day to day. The guys come out and do good things one day and struggle a little bit the next. But that position has been better than I anticipated," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "For right now, they are all doing good things and they are all giving us a reason to believe they are the guy."

Bridgford told Dykes he wanted the weekend to consider his options.

Cal announced Bridgford's decision with a news release that added the following comment from the quarterback:

"I was recruited by former coach Jeff Tedford to play quarterback in a pro-style offense that was tailored to my strengths, which are my abilities to make all the throws, my decision making and my leadership.

"As the team's most experienced quarterback, I expected to take the majority of reps this spring. But after having limited reps in the first four spring practices, I met with both offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes.

"It was made clear to me that they had decided to go in a different direction. Therefore, it is time to move on and find a school where I can play right away and hopefully for two seasons if I'm granted a sixth year of eligibility."

Dykes said he believes Bridgford can have success elsewhere.

"He is a quality quarterback that should have success in an offense suited for his skill set," Dykes said in a statement. "His contributions to Cal football over the past four years are appreciated, and we are pleased that he has decided to graduate from Cal this summer."

Bay Area News Group staff writer Phil Jensen contributed to this report.

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