Cal Football: Depth Chart Announced; Garbers Named Starter; Guard Williams Out

Three players earn scholarships; offensive guard Gentle Williams is out for the season

To no one's surprise third-year sophomore Chase Garbers was officially named the starting quarterback for next Saturday's season opener against UC Davis. Garbers was the starter for the second half of last season.

(Click here for a video of Garbers acknowledging he had arm problems late last season.)

The depth chart for the opener was announced on Saturday, and Justin Wilcox talks about the moves in the above video.

Garbers' backup presumably will be Robby Rowell, although the depth chart says it will be Rowell or Devon Modster. Wilcox did not state whether Modster would be eligible for the opener, but it is unlikely that an "or" would have been included if Modster was eligible to play.

Chris Brown Jr. was named the starting running back, but that was expected.

Wilcox also noted that Gentle Williams, who was expected to be a starter at guard, will miss the entire season with a lower body injury. Matthew Cindric will start in his place.

Jordan Duncan, Ricky Walker III and Nikko Remigio have been named the three starting wide receivers, but eight wide receivers are expected to get playing time.

On the defensive side, the most significant note is that Luc Bequette will be the starting nose guard. Bequette has been a starting defensive end the past two seasons, but the absence of Aaron Maldonado and Siulagisipai Fuimaono for personal reasons has forced Cal to make adjustments. Bequette is still likely get snaps at defensive end, and the Bears are likely to play a lot of nickel defense, which does not include a nose guard.

There was a celebration after practice Saturday as wide receiver Ricky Walker III, outside linebacker Ben Hawk Schrider and tight end Jake Tonges were awarded scholarships after being walk-ons through fall camp.

Here is the depth chart:

OFFENSE

LEFT TACKLE

Will Craig

Henry Bazakas

LEFT GUARD

Matthew Cindric

Poutasi Poutasi

CENTER

Michael Saffell

​Matthew Cindric

Jack Beeman

RIGHT GUARD

Valentino Daltoso

McKade Mettauer

RIGHT TACKLE

Jake Curhan

Brandon Mello

WIDE RECEIVER

Jordan Duncan

Kekoa Crawford

Monroe Young

SLOT

Nikko Remigio

Jeremiah Hawkins

TIGHT END

McCallan Castles

Gavin Reinwald

Jake Tonges

Collin Moore

WIDE RECEIVER

Ricky Walker III

Makai Polk

Trevon Clark

QUARTERBACK

Chase Garbers

Devon Modster or

Robby Rowell

Spencer Brasch

RUNNING BACK

Chris Brown Jr.

Marcel Dancy

DeShawn Collins

Alex Nathedra

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END

Lone Toailoa

JH Tevis

NOSE GUARD

Luc Bequette

Brett Johnson

Erick Nisich

DEFENSIVE END

Zeandae Johnson

Gabriel Cherry or

Braxten Croteau

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Cameron Goode

Ben Hawk Schrider

Orin Patu

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Kuony Deng

Colt Doughty

Tommy Vanis

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Evan Weaver

Evan Tattersall

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Tevin Paul

Chinedu Udeogu or

Joseph Ogunbanjo

CORNERBACK

Cam Bynum

Chigozie Anusiem

Branden Smight

SAFETY

Jaylinn Hawkins

Daniel Scott

Craig Woodson

CORNERBACK

Elijah Hicks

Josh Draden

Branden Smith

NICKELBACK

Traveon Beck

Josh Drayden or

Branden Smith

SPECIAL TEAMS

PLACE-KICKER

Greg Thomas

KICKOFF

Gabe Siemieniec

PUNTER

Steven Coutts

LONG SNAPPER

Slater Zellers

KICK RETURNER

Ashtyn Davis

PUNT RETURNER

Nikko Remigio

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