Cal Football: Fullback Zach Angelillo enters the transfer portal as a grad transfer
Cal's last remaining fullback enters the transfer portal—gulp.
Sophomore FB Zach Angelillo announced his intent to transfer via the transfer portal as a grad transfer earlier this week.
The native of Fresno was originally a linebacker for the Bears. Zach redshirted his freshman season (2018) and did not see any playing time in 2019. Prior to spring ball in 2020, he took the initiative to switch to fullback for Bill Musgrave's new offense out of his admirable desire to help the team in any way he could; RB Coach Aristotle Thompson likened the move to Angelillo coming over to the light side from the dark side. As you may have noticed, 2020 was a total mess and Angelillo only had four practices to acclimate to the new position—though he quickly showed progress and gained comfort in the new role. Angelillo played in the UC L.A. and Oregon State games, though he did not register any stats other than participation.
He was also highlighted in the community through his work in his hometown of Fresno, CA to fight against social injustice for equality. He volunteered to distribute food at a weekly food drive at the University Presbyterian Church. With fullback Drew Schlegel also entering the transfer portal earlier this month, the Bears not only lose their only remaining fullback, but a standout representative of the university as well. Cal will have to get creative to find fullbacks as transfers, reshuffle players on roster, or abandon the position in Year Two of the Musgrave offense.
Zach will be graduating from Cal with his interdisciplinary degree with a focus on the impact of American public policy on race, class and inequality.
Thanks for your time and work here Zach! Go Bears.