According to The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel and McIlwain’s team profile, Brandon McIlwain has transitioned from playing quarterback to being an all-purpose back for the Golden Bears.
In 2017, Brandon McIlwain transferred to California from South Carolina as a quarterback. Due to transfer regulations, he sat out the entire 2017 football season. In 2018, McIlwain saw a fair amount of playing time but struggled mightily in the passing game. McIlwain finished 2018 with 763 all-purpose yards and a 2-8 TD/INT ratio.
The transition to running back for McIlwain is a step in the right direction as he was not going to push Chase Garbers out of the starting quarterback job in 2019.
McIlwain will join a running back core that features Chris Brown Jr. and Manel Darcy. McIlwain could be looking at a step-back in playing time in 2019.