- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- California lost a receiver and cut its quarterback competition from five candidates to three Thursday.
TedfordCoach Jeff Tedford said that that senior Brock Mansion, junior Zach Maynard and sophomore Allan Bridgford are the finalist for the starting job. He said redshirt freshman Austin Hinder was fourth and had impressed him but his chances were hurt by his youth. Junior Beau Sweeney, who was Kevin Riley's backup over the early portion of the 2010 season, ended up No. 5.
"We're really going to find with those practice reps if somebody can separate themselves," Tedford said.
Tedford, however, said the competition figures to continue well into preseason camp.
Whoever wins the job will have one less speedy receiver. Tevin Carter, a redshirt freshman from Los Angeles, has quit the team. Carter didn't ask for a release so he could transfer.
"He's finished here, which is unfortunate," Tedford said. "I don't know if he had a passion to play football anymore... he doesn't know if he wants to play football."
Will have a lot more from my visits to to Stanford and Cal over the next week. So stay tuned.