Updated: Cal Football 2021 Roster Tracker
It's going to be a confusing off-season, but we're here to help you keep track of everything
New year, new roster
This is going to be, by a wide margin, the most confusing and chaotic off-season in modern college football history.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA decided that the 2020 season would not count against a player’s four years of eligibility. But allowing players an extra year of eligibility would be borderline useless if schools were still limited to 85 scholarship players on a roster, and so the NCAA also announced that, for 2021 only, the 85 roster limit will be waived.
To further complicate things, the NCAA has instituted a transfer waiver, meaning that nobody will have to sit out if they elect to transfer.
For the best summary of these short-term decisions and the murky long term impacts, I would strongly recommend you read this Pete Thamel article. The super quick summary? The NCAA is still limiting how many scholarship players an NCAA team can recruit in one season, which means that hundreds of players entering the transfer portal may never get a destination, and teams may struggle badly managing their roster once the 2021 waiver to go beyond 85 scholarship players expire.
It’s impossible to say how this impacts Cal, but in the short term one big question is what Cal’s seniors will do with their extra year of eligibility. We have already started to get announcements from players on the roster.
We’re going to do our best to keep you up to date on the comings-and-goings, and as such this post will be updated as roster news is announced. As you’ll likely note, the list below assumes that non-seniors will be returning to Berkeley for the 2021 season until we hear otherwise.
Seniors who have announced they are returning
Seniors who have announced they are leaving
Seniors who have not publicly announced a decision
WR Trevon Clark (left team mid-season for personal reasons but still listed on the roster)
WR Kekoa Crawford
OL Valentino Daltoso
OL Gentle Williams