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.
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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.