Friday, August 16, 2013

FRESHMAN, JARED GOFF NAMED STARTING QB

(This is from the Cal Athletic Site)

BERKELEY – True freshman Jared Goff has been named the starting quarterback at Cal, head coach Sonny Dykes announced Friday. Goff has been in a competition for the starting job along with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder since spring ball began last February.
“We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position,” Dykes said. “It’s important to name a starter and give them the reps they need to be prepared to play. We feel that right now Jared Goff gives us the best chance to be successful as a team, but we are very fortunate to have three outstanding quarterbacks we feel we can be successful with.”
“I’m honored to get the chance to start for Cal and am looking forward to going out and helping the team win,” Goff said. “I’m super excited and ready to get rolling. My competitors are great quarterbacks as well. It was a tremendous competition that has helped all us become better quarterbacks.”
Jared Goff, 6-4, 205, Fr., HS (Novato, CA/Marin Catholic HS)Goff combined to throw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in three varsity seasons at nearby Marin Catholic High School, completing 477-of-767 passes (62.2%) for teams that combined to post a 39-4 overall record and 20-1 Marin County League mark on their way to one appearance in the state title game, one North Coast Section crown, three NCS playoff appearances and three MCL championships.
Goff racked up the honors as a 2012 senior, earning All-American honors from SuperPrep and playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He was also selected for the Cal State Game as a senior but did not play due to injury. Goff was also named to the Top 150 Dream Team as a senior, while adding second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports), All-NorCal (MaxPreps), Metro Player of the Year (San Francisco Chronicle), North Bay Player of the Year, first-team All-Metro (Bay Area News Group, San Francisco Chronicle), Marin County League Player of the Year and first-team All-MCL recognition after leading the Metro Area with 3,692 passing yards and 40 touchdown throws, completing 235-of-368 passes (63.9%). Goff’s 2012 squad was the Division III state runner up after winning North Coast Section and Marin Catholic League titles during a 14-2 season.
As a junior in 2011, Goff completed 185-of-299 passes (61.9%) for 3,179 yards with 44 touchdowns to only four interceptions to earn first-team All-State (MaxPreps), first-team All-Metro, MCL Player of the Year and first-team All-MCL honors for a team that reached the NCS finals and won the MCL title while compiling a 13-1 overall record.
Goff completed 57-of-100 passes (57.0%) for 816 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions as a 2010 sophomore for a team that won the MCL title and advanced to the NCS semifinals before finishing 12-1 overall and 7-0 in league play.
Goff was named Cal’s top newcomer prior to the season by 247Sports/Sporting News, Lindy’s and USA Today, while Athlon had him as the team’s No. 2 recruit. He was the No. 20 freshman quarterback nationally prior to the season according to Phil Steele, while Athlon had him as its No. 25 national quarterback recruit and No. 37 Pac-12 recruit.
Goff was a mid-year enrollee at Cal last January and practiced with the Golden Bears last spring.

Notes …*The countdown to Cal’s season opener at home against Northwestern on Saturday, Aug. 31 is now at 15 days. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with a kickoff time scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.
* Cal is slated to work out every day at Memorial Stadium through Saturday, Aug. 24, when training camp concludes with Golden Bear Day presented by Bug Zappers Pest Control. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the team at the free event at Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza at Memorial Stadium from 2 to 4 p.m. PT.
*Golden Bear fans will also have an opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the 2013 season through The Drive, a new television series featuring the Cal and Arizona State football programs that will air in 14 episodes on the Pac-12 Networks this fall. The show will debut with an hour-long special on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. that will focus on training camp and the first two games of the 2013 season. For the subsequent 13 weeks, the program will be 30 minutes and debut with two airings of a new episode every Wednesday across all seven networks at 7 p.m. and following the conclusion of Wednesday night Pac-12 Networks women's volleyball action at approximately 9:30 p.m. Check the Pac-12 Networks TV schedule (pac-12.com/tv-listings/pac-12-national) for additional repeats of the show. Visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get Pac-12 Networks.