3. Chase Garbers is good (when he’s healthy)
The Cal sophomore quarterback missed four games with a shoulder injury and wasn’t right in the loss to USC, completing just 4-of-10 passes for 33 yards.
And then, everything came together with terrific performances against Stanford and UCLA, winning both games.
Cal went 1-5 in the six games he didn’t play in or was limited, partly because the offense didn’t have any semblance of consistency.
Rested, healthy, and back to being the quarterback Cal needed, he completed 22-of-31 passes for 272 yards and four scores, and ran for a touchdown.
Illinois and its great pass rush pressured him all game long, but he didn’t make any big mistakes, hit the third down throws that were there, and he led the team to a bowl win.
On the other side …