BERKELEY -- Cal will scrimmage Saturday morning with the hope that its quarterback competition develops a bit more clarity. The Bears have been giving reps to five players in a spring battle to replace NFL-bound Jared Goff, but no one has yet secured the job.

"We'll know a little bit more after (Saturday)," coach Sonny Dykes said of the 10:30 a.m. practice at Memorial Stadium that is open to the public. "We'll have a long, extended scrimmage, put those guys in as many game situations as we can, and kind of try to evaluate it from there."

Redshirt sophomore Chase Forrest, who was Goff's backup last fall, often operates with the first unit and looks the part of a confident quarterback during drills.

"They've all had good moments. Chase to this point has probably been the most consistent," Dykes said after Friday's practice.

Earlier, Dykes talked about how Forrest's demeanor is serving him well.

"He's an emotionally mature guy," Dykes said. "That steadiness is really important."

Redshirt freshman Ross Bowers and senior Zach Kline -- back at Cal after a two-year hiatus -- appear to be Forrest's chief competition. Bowers did not practice Wednesday after having nasal surgery during spring break the week before, but he practiced Friday.

"The biggest thing is the quarterbacks running the offense -- getting the calls in more quickly, making better decisions," Dykes said. "We give a lot of freedom to the quarterback. So just getting those guys confidence enough to where they can do that consistently and make the right decisions."


Dykes has said he would like to emerge from the end of spring practice on April 16 with no more than three candidates for the assignment.

"Hopefully we'll have it down to one," he said Friday. "We'll see."

  • The big revelation of spring ball has been junior linebacker Derron Brown, who arrived at Cal a year ago as a junior college safety.

    "He was OK as a safety," defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said. "He has been outstanding as a linebacker."

    At 6-foot-1, 204 pounds, Brown gives the Bears a quick and explosive pass rusher they have not had. "He's athletic enough to make a (blocking) running back miss, physical enough to run through him," Dykes said.

    Brown, who was born in Oakland and lived here until moving to Arizona in the seventh grade, has welcomed the new challenge.

    "I'm excited. I think it's a great move for me," said Brown, who has most enjoyed the three touch-sacks he has made during scrimmages. "It's absolutely fun."

  • Freshman receiver Melquise Stovall, who has enjoyed a strong camp, sat out Friday and will miss Saturday's scrimmage after taking a hit to the head in practice Wednesday.

  • David Davis, who played defensive tackle for the Bears the past two seasons, is petitioning for a sixth year of eligibility. Dykes said he is tracking down paperwork from Washington State, where Davis began his college career but never played.

  • JC transfer Dwayne Wallace is "definitely" in the mix for the vacant right guard spot, Dykes said. "Dwayne's making mistakes you'd expect a new guy to make, but he's showing up."

  • Redshirt freshman Billy McCrary III has switched from safety to running back and has played well, according to Dykes.