Cal Football: Review of those who moved, who left


Now that the college football early transfer portal window has closed, it’s worth looking at which players have left the Cal program and which are joining.

This transfer portal window opened on December 5 and closed on January 15, and will reopen in May for two weeks (May 1-15). This means that until May 1, players cannot enter the Transfer Portal, although all players currently in the Transfer Portal can transfer to a new school at any time. In addition, transfer graduates can access the transfer portal at any time and transfer to a new school at any time.

Cal can still add or lose some passes. So far, it seems that Cal’s most important additions have been quarterback Sam Jackson Vee, wide receiver Brian Hightower, and quarterback Nol Williams, while wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant, quarterback Jack Plummer, and linebacker Femi Oladejo have been Cal’s most significant additions.

It is noteworthy that in the list of the six biggest winners of the early transfer period, three of the Pac-12s are No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC, and No. 5 Oregon.

Cal players added via transfer portal

Defender Sam Jackson V – from TCU – A highly publicized high school rookie who was the No. 3 Horned Frogs quarterback as a freshman in 2022. If Cal doesn’t find another transfer quarterback, Jackson is likely to be a starter for the Bears in 2023.

Wide receiver Brian Hightower – From Illinois – 48 catches in three years in Illinois, including 37 catches and two touchdowns in 2022 and 12 catches in two years in Miami.

Defender Nol Williams – from UNLV – A three-year-old starter at UNLV and started 11 games in 2022, including a game against Cal when he had six tackles.

Defender Kailyn Moore – from Colorado. Started all 12 games in 2022 as a sophomore with 38 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and two assists.

Running back Byron Cardwell — from Oregon — Injuries limited him to two games as a sophomore in 2022, but he played in 14 games and rushed for 417 yards as a freshman in 2021.

Inside midfielder Sergio Allen from Clemson. Played 16 games for Clemson but only played two games in 2022 before being listed on the transfer portal in September. In 2021, he suffered a leg injury.

Running back Justin Williams-Thomas – from Tennessee – Played in three games off the bench as a rookie in Tennessee in 2022 and ran for 37 yards 11 times.

Defensive end David Reese – from Florida – spent five seasons in Florida and played in 13 games in 2022 when he had two tackles.

Panther Lachlan Wilson – from Tulsa – A Tulsa player for the past three seasons, averaging 43.8 yards per boot in 2022 when 24 of his punts were downed at the 20-yard line.

Tight end JT Byrne – from Oregon. In 2022, as a redshirt rookie, he played nine games off the bench.

Tight end Asher Alberding – from North Texas – Two career shots in 35 games, including seven starts, in North Texas. Primarily a blocking tight end. There are two years left.

Junior College Transfer Supplement:

Defender Matthew Littlejohn from Citrus College.


Cal players lost via transfer portal

J.Michael Studivant Wide Receiver – Loyal to UCLA – led the bears at receptions in 2022 with 65 redshirt freshmen.

Defender Jack Plummer – Commitment to Louisville – Started all 12 games for Cal in 2022 as an alumnus.

Midfielder Femi Oladejo – Committed to UCLA – Cal’s second best player in 2022 as a sophomore.

Tight end Jermaine Terry II – Commitment to Oregon State – Started all 12 games for Cal in 2022 as a sophomore.

Forward Ben Coleman – Committed to Arizona State – Probably Cal’s best and most versatile linesman in 2022.

Forward lineman Spencer Lovell – Commitment to Kansas – Started the first three games of 2022 before suffering a season-ending injury.

Tight end Keleki Latu – Went to Nevada – 18 receptions, 207 receiving yards, 1 TD in 2022 as a sophomore.

Place kicker Dario Longhetto – Commitment to the State of Arizona – In 2022, made 11 of 17 field goals from 54 yards.

Defender Kai Millner – Northern Arizona Devotee – Cal’s backup quarterback in 2022 as a redshirt freshman.

Ashton Hayes running back – Commitment to Nevada is Cal’s best freshman hitback in 2022.

Running back DeCarlos Brooks – Plays for Arizona State – Cal’s second best player in 2022.

Outside Midfielder Henry Ikahihifo – Plays for San Jose State – Played in 10 games with 5 tackles and 1 sack in 2022 for California.

Midfielder Orin Patu – Commitment to Arizona – Played in 10 games in 2022 with 7 tackles and 1 sack.

Running back Damien Moore – Uncommitted (unconfirmed reports that he is likely to be at Fresno State) – Started 2022 as Cal’s starting quarterback but played little in the second half of the season.

Midfielder Ryan Puskas – Uncommitted – Played in six games in 2022 with 5 tackles and 1 sack.

Midfielder Trey Pasteur – Uncommitted – Started 5 games in 2021 but rarely played in 2022, making 1 tackle.

Sniper Slater Zellers – Assigned to the State of Arizona – Cal’s trucker for four seasons.

Defender Zach Johnson – Uncommitted – Did not play in 2022 as the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback in his third year sophomore.

Running back Chris Street – Uncommitted – Did not play in 2022 due to injury.

Outside Midfielder Patrick Hisatake – Commitment to Hawaii – Didn’t keep any statistics as a redshirt freshman in 2022.

Tight end Nick Alftin – Uncommitted – Made one start for Cal as an outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2019 before being promoted to tight end.

Defender Champion Johnson – Commitment to Colorado – Didn’t record any statistics as a redshirt freshman in 2022. He came to California as a random person.

Linebacker Kyle Smith – unrecorded – played mostly in special teams and kept no statistics in 2022 as a fourth-year junior.


Sam Jackson V cover photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports.


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