Cal names true freshman Jared Goff starting quarterback

First-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes has named a true freshman as his starting quarterback. (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

First-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes has named a true freshman as his starting quarterback. (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Only months removed from his senior prom, Jared Goff will be taking snaps for the Cal Golden Bears. CBS Sports first reported that new head coach Sonny Dykes had officially named the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Goff his starter following a heated competition with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder. Both Kline and Hinder are holdovers from the previous regime under fired coach Jeff Tedford.

“We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position,” Dykes said in a statement. “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.”

Out of Marin Catholic High, the Marin, Calif. native threw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns with 18 interceptions as the team’s three-year varsity starter.

However, he won’t exactly be facing the same level of competition. The Bears open the season on Aug. 31 at home against a Northwestern team that finished with 10 wins in 2012 and is expected to compete for a Big Ten title in 2013. Two weeks later, on Sept. 14, Cal travels to Columbus to take on an Ohio State squad looking to compile a perfect record for the second year in a row.

Let’s also not forget that being in the Pac-12 North, Goff and Co. will also be taking on Oregon (still in the first month of the season, Sept. 28), UCLA (Oct. 12), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2), USC (Nov. 9) and Stanford (Nov. 23).

If anyone is going to have Goff and the offense prepared, however, it will by Dykes. The coach’s 2012 Louisiana Tech squad boasted the No. 1 scoring offense in the country, putting up an average of 51.5 points per game and the No. 1 total offense, averaging 577.9 yards per game.

As for what Goff himself thinks about the entire situation, the young man is “super excited.”

“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.”

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