Former Cal quarterback Zach Kline could be headed to Fresno State as a graduate transfer.
“It’s all in the beginning stages, but I have family that’s from there and (offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau) and I go back a ways, I have buddies that played there,” Kline said.
“I’m still in the process of grad school and all that so nothing is for sure, but it’s looking good. I definitely have very high interest and am really excited for what the future is holding, but we just have to wait and see.”
Kline, who played in six games at Cal as a redshirt freshman behind Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, would join a competition that did not produce a clear-cut starter in the spring when Chason Virgil, Ford Childress and Kilton Anderson took the snaps and is a bit different now into the summer. Anderson just had shoulder surgery and will be out an extended period.
Freshman Quentin Davis is enrolled in summer school and working out with the team and former Clovis North and Fresno City College quarterback Christian Rossi is expected to join the program in the fall.
There is depth and talent there, but not much experience. With Virgil and Childress out with injuries most of last season, Anderson ended up playing in the most games (eight), but completed only 78 of 157 passes (49.7%) for 817 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Kline was a four-star recruit and the Gatorade state player of the year as a senior at San Ramon Valley High in 2012, but left after the 2013 season. He spent the 2014 season at Butte College and 2015 at Indiana State before returning to Cal for spring practices this year. Kline completed 15 of 16 passes in the Golden Bears’ spring game for 202 yards and two touchdowns – passes of 32 and 39 yards – but announced in May that he would not attend Cal as a graduate transfer this season.
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