Two of the biggest questions coming into camp for Cal this season were:
1. Who is going to be named the starting quarterback?
2. Would it be an NCAA violation if Aaron Rodgers were cloned and named the starter?
Well, on Friday we learned the answer to one of those questions. And, sorry, Cal fans, it doesn’t have anything to do with Aaron Rodgers.
But! It’s a youth movement in Berkeley as Sonny Dykes is handing the keys to his Air Raid, excuse me, BEAR Raid (their words, not mine), offense to 18-year-old true freshman Jared Goff. Goff, a four-star QB, according to Rivals, beat out redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder.
Goff will be the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Cal in the season opener since World War II. Cal opens against No. 22 Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31. Per BANG:
“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.”
And from a starry-eyed Goff:
“I’m honored to get the chance to start for Cal and am looking forward to going out and helping the team win. 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.”
It’ll be a baptism by fire for the young gun. Three of the Bears first four opponents are in the Top 25, including No. 3 Ohio State (in Berkeley) and No. 2 Oregon (in the ruthless Autzen Stadium). What’s more, Phil Steele says Cal has the third toughest schedule in college football this season. Wowzers.
It’ll be a long season in Berkeley, but it’ll be a growing one.