Cal quarterback Jared Goff during his first practice for Cal Football under new head coach Sonny Dykes at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Cal Bears Football: Freshman Jared Goff Named Starting Quarterback

Eight months ago, Jared Goff arrived on the Cal campus as a true freshman. Eight months later, he is now the starting quarterback of the Cal Bears football team.

The Bears announced today that Goff has been named their starting quarterback, beating out redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder in a three-man competition.

“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, via a press release. “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.”

Goff starred at Marin Catholic High School in the North Bay, where he was a four-star recruit.

“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,” reads the press release from the Bears.

Goff will have a long road ahead this season with the tough schedule that the Bears have been handed. Three of his first four opponents are ranked in the top 25 (No. 22 Northwestern, No. 2 Ohio State, and No. 3 Oregon). They will also be matching up with the likes of UCLA, USC, Stanford, who will no doubt be licking their chops at the chance to hit the new quarterback during the Big Game.

“We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position,” said head coach Sonny Dykes. “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.”


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