BERKELEY -- Cal completed its preparation for Saturday night's game at Washington, but coach Sonny Dykes was taking one more day to decide who his starting quarterback will be.

Freshman Jared Goff, the starter for seven games, and redshirt freshman Zach Kline continued to share first-team practice reps Thursday.

Afterward, Dykes said he hopes to announce a starter on Friday. "I don't see any reason to wait 'til game time," he said.

"I think they both practiced well this week," Dykes said. "I thought particularly Zach has picked it up the latter part of the week."

Dykes reopened competition at the position this week after the Bears (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) lost 49-17 to Oregon State, their fifth straight defeat. Kline replaced Goff in the third quarter of that game, throwing two late touchdown passes.

Cal football quarterback Zach Kline (#8) drops back to pass during practice at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.
Cal football quarterback Zach Kline (#8) drops back to pass during practice at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Whoever gets the call to face the Huskies (4-3, 1-3) is likely to go the distance.

"The last thing we want to do is somebody gets into a flow and another quarterback comes in," Dykes said. "I've never found that to be particularly effective."

There is less mystery but plenty of movement along the offensive line, where sophomore Jordan Rigsbee has been switched from left guard to center, freshman Chris Borrayo is being pulled out of his redshirt year to play left guard, and tackle Freddie Tagaloa is being shifted from left tackle to right guard.

Asked about the offensive line shuffling this week, Dykes said, "Just trying to find some things that work. They're long-term moves as well. They'll stay there for the foreseeable future."


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Rigsbee is taking over at center for senior Mark Brazinski, who started the past three games after senior Chris Adcock tore knee ligaments in practice.

"We think Rigsbee has a chance to be the center for a long time," Dykes said. "If he can hold down that center position, I think it will allow us to develop some other players."

One of those is Borrayo, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder who hasn't played the first seven games but has been on the coaching staff's radar.

Dykes said the key with Borrayo is that he isn't having his redshirt season burned to serve in a minor role.

"It's something we've been talking about for a while. Since he's going to be a starter and we're playing five important ballgames the next five weeks, we think it's a good move," Dykes said.

Tagaloa, at 6-8, 330 pounds, was touted out of Salesian High as a star on the rise at offensive tackle. But he's been less consistent than the coaching staff had hoped and has had trouble containing quick defenders on the edge.

"His strength is not playing in space. It's playing in a little bit more confined space," Dykes said. "The guard position allows him to do that. It lets him be more aggressive, lets him be less of a finesse player.

Cal’s Jared Goff (16) evades the pressure from Washington State’s Emmitt Su’a-Kalio (96) in the first half of their NCAA football game
Cal's Jared Goff (16) evades the pressure from Washington State's Emmitt Su'a-Kalio (96) in the first half of their NCAA football game played at Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) ( Dan Honda )

"I think he'll develop into a fabulous player, I really do."

But Dykes still wasn't sure whether the right guard starter Saturday will be Tagaloa or Alejandro Crosthwaite.

Christian Okafor will start at left tackle, and Steven Moore remains at right tackle. Both are redshirt freshmen.

  • Junior defensive tackle Gabe King has left the program to focus on academics, the school announced. King is on track to graduate in May 2014 with a bachelor's degree in African American Studies.

  • Washington quarterback Keith Price, nursing a thumb injury on his throwing hand, is expected to be available Saturday, but coach Steve Sarkisian didn't specify whether Price would start, the Seattle Times reported.

    Saturday's game

    Cal (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) at Washington (4-3, 1-3), 8 p.m. Fox Sports 1