Cal quarterback Beau Sweeney is transferring out of the program, coach Jeff Tedford announced.
Sweeney, a redshirt junior out of Clovis West High with two years of eligibility left, has been granted a release from his scholarship. Tedford said Sweeney is interested in transferring to a Football Championship Subdivision program so he doesn't have to sit out this season.
"He's a backup here and wants a chance to play. He's a great kid. We wish him all the best," Tedford said.
Sweeney -- son of former Fresno State star quarterback Kevin Sweeney and grandson of ex-Bulldogs coach Jim Sweeney -- was one of six quarterbacks vying for the starting job in spring camp but didn't make the cut when Tedford narrowed that competition to the top three.
Sweeney spent most of 2009 and part of 2010 as the No. 2 quarterback but was dropped to the No. 3 spot about halfway through last season.