Wednesday, August 29, 2007

AP: Cal QB Reed to transfer after losing competition for backup job

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Quarterback Kyle Reed will transfer from No. 12 California after losing the competition to be Nate Longshore's backup this season, the school said Wednesday.  Reed, a redshirt sophomore from Oakland, already has contacted San Jose State about joining its program, a school spokesman said. If Reed enrolls in classes at San Jose State by Sept. 12, he could begin his Spartans career next fall with two years of eligibility remaining.  ''We wish Kyle all the best,'' coach Jeff Tedford said after Cal's practice for Saturday's game against Tennessee. ''We love Kyle, but Kyle has made a decision to move on to a better situation for himself. He's been great for us. We'll miss him. He's an awesome kid, and we wish him nothing but the best.''

Reed chose Cal after a long recruiting battle, but never got on the field in two years with the Golden Bears.   Last week, Tedford chose freshman Kevin Riley over Reed to be the top backup for Longshore, the junior starter. Reed also faced future competition from Brock Mansion, a touted Texas high school prospect who joined the Bears this fall.



Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that's bummed about this? Or should I be grateful? Is the lack of fortitude to withstand a *possible* deomotion (Tedford never said this was set in stone) part of the problem, a character flaw? It's not like we've got a stable of backup qbs...

Bear with Fangs said...

I can understand how Cal fans could be disappointed. Reed was VERY highly touted coming into Cal, but we all know that doesn't mean much unless it produces on the field.

At the end of the day, I trust Tedford in his decision and you can't really blame Reed for his desire to be the starter somewhere. Realistically, he wouldn't have been able to start until next year at the absolute earliest, and would only have had a year or two to make a name for himself. I hope he does well.