Jack Newman, a walk-on quarterback who played at City College of San Francisco last season, is considered the third man in a two-man competition for Bears' starting quarterback spot.
(Apologies for the background noise in the video caused by the gusting winds on Wednesday.)
But offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin says Newman will get a fair shot and plans to give him more opportunities to show what he can do in Friday's practice. On Wednesday, returning starter Chase Garbers and Devon Modster, who played the 2017 season at UCLA, got most of the playing time during Wednesday's practice and are seen as the main competitors for the Bears’ starting quarterbacks spot
Baldwin is not averse to having walk-on as his starting quarterback, and says he had a couple walk-ons start at quarterback for him when he was the head coach at Eastern Washington. In fact, Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred to Washington State as a graduate transfer, began his college career at Eastern Washington under Baldwin as a walk-on, according to the Cal offensive coordinator. Gubrud could end up being the Cougars’ starting quarterback in 2019 after getting NCAA approval to be eligible next season.
It should be noted that FCS schools, such as Eastern Washington, are limited to 63 scholarships per year compared to 85 for FBC schools, like Pac-12 college. As a result the FCS school depend on walk-ons a bit more than FBS schools. Nonetheless, having had walk-ons that became starters is a significant aspect on Baldwin’s resume.
Newman, who is from Sebastapol, decided to walk-on at Cal after getting scholarship offers from Western Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and South Alabama.