On Day 2 of Cal’s spring football practice, freshman quarterback Jared Goff got his first chance to show what he can do. Afterward, the former Marin Catholic High star said he didn’t enroll in college early to be a spectator.
“I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t trying to compete,” said Goff, who arrived on campus in January. “We’re all pretty even right now, so who knows what’s going to happen.”
Coach Sonny Dykes said Wednesday’s practice was a bit sloppier on offense than Monday, but he was pleased with Goff’s first snaps in 11-on-11 drills after three other quarterbacks shared the reps on Monday.
“There were times when he looked like a kid who ought to be going to the prom. And there other times when he looked like a Division I quarterback,” Dykes said. “He’s got a lot of talent. We’re glad to have him. He’s going to be a good player here.”
Asked what he expects from himself as a collegiate rookie, Goff said, “I expect to be perfect. I expect to complete a pass every time.”
Goff said practice was fun, even being flung to the ground by defensive lineman Mustafa Jalil.
“It was interesting. The speed of the game is definitely a lot faster, but I was ready for it,” he said. “I thought I did pretty well for the first day. Definitely a lot of things to improve on. I’ll watch film and it’ll probably look terrible. But out here it was all right.”
All five scholarship quarterbacks shared reps Wednesday, including Zach Kline, Austin Hinder and Allan Bridgford, who got all of them on Monday.
Also making his spring debut was sophomore Kyle Boehm, the former Archbishop Mitty HS star.
“I felt really good, actually,” Boehm said. “There were parts when I didn’t feel as good as I thought I should have, but other parts when I thought I did really well. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good day for me.”
Boehm said he’s working hard not to get caught up worrying about how all his competition is faring.
“The biggest part is just thinking about you, especially since it’s all open competition right now,” he said. “The most important part is do your rep well when you’re up, but when you’re watching getting a mental rep as well.”