It was a day that fans all across the state of Colorado were dreading. He was supposed to bridge the gap from the present to the future. He gave head coach Mike MacIntyre and Buffaloes fans his word. But on May 18th, Colorado fans drowned in their tears while Cal fans sung his praises. Former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb made the decision to commit to the Golden Bears.
Davis Webb Timeline
December 31st, 2015: Davis Webb announces his intentions to graduate and transfer from Texas Tech University.
January 16th, 2016: Davis Webb visits the University of Colorado.
January 27th, 2016: Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com breaks the news that Webb will attend the University of Colorado.
April 8th, 2016: Word gets out that Webb is taking a visit to Cal.
April 10th, 2016: Also gets announced that he will be visiting Auburn. New Colorado co-offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech coach Darrin Chiaverini to the local Boulder newspaper, The Daily Camera, “He gave me his word he is coming here. No worries.”
May 18th, 2016: Adam Munsterteiger of BuffStampede breaks the news that Davis Webb will be attending the University of California-Berkeley.
Chiaverini did not take this personally and acted with the utmost respect when he posted this on Twitter:
College Football is about young people. Let's not forget that as coaches and fans! pic.twitter.com/AI8dJSKGOJ
— Darrin Chiaverini (@CoachChev6) May 18, 2016
So now Davis Webb is at Cal. What does this mean for the future of the Buffaloes and the Golden Bears?
For the Buffaloes, it’s a real buzzkill for their bowl hopes. This is a program that hasn’t made a bowl game in eight years and this is the make-or-break fourth year for McIntyre. The addition of Webb was supposed to be the perfect fit for Chiaverini and fellow offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren but that dream is now in the rear-view mirror. The result of this loss isn’t all negative though. Steven Montez took a redshirt year last season and now will get every opportunity to prove he is the man for the job as the Buffs wait for three-year starter Sef0 Liufau to return from his Lisfranc injury he suffered last season on November 15th. The latest reports say that his health is progressing very well. But if the Buffs can give him extra time to heal with either Montez or senior Jordan Gehrke behind center, then the Buffs will be in a positive spot going forward.
As for Cal, this addition couldn’t come at a better time. Webb will step in and presumptively be the favorite to replace top-pick Jared Goff for the Bears. He will battle with Chase Forrest and Zach Kline, but he will have the leg up as he has the most experience of the group and has experience with a similar system to the one Sonny Dykes runs in Berkeley. His receiving targets will not be at the level of last years after losing five of their six top receiving threats from last season. Darius Powe is the one major receiving target who returns. But Cal got some other positive news this month when top wide receiver prospect for this cycle, Demetris Roberton, pledged his allegiance to the Bears. These two May additions will put the Bears right back in contention for a second straight bowl appearance.