Football: Kline, Goff now in 2-man QB race

Zach Kline and Jared Goff are the last two standing in the race for Cal’s starting quarterback job.

Coach Sonny Dykes told reporters after Sunday’s seventh practice of fall camp that Kline and Goff have separated themselves from junior Austin Hinder and will duel for the job.

“Zach and Jared will get the majority of the first team reps. They’ll split it up. And Austin won’t get as many,” Dykes said. “We’ll let those two guys kind of compete and see what happens between the two of them.”

Dykes said he has been pleased with all three quarterbacks and said Hinder probably improved the most over the summer. “But right now, Zach and Jared have kind of set themselves apart,” he said.

During team periods Sunday, Kline was 5 for 6 for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Goff was 10 for 13 for 77 yards.

The Bears will hold their first fully padded scrimmage Monday at 4:30 p.m.  The scrimmage is open to the public. Cal is asking fans to refrain from taking photos or video during practice.

Dykes said he anticipates virtually all of his players getting some opportunity to participate, including running back Brendan Bigelow, who had knee surgery last spring and has been held out of some action the past week.

“I think it’s probably important to get Bigelow out there, let him get hit a little bit, let him finish some runs, get his pads down,” Dykes said. “I think that’s always the next step, getting comfortable after an injury — going live and getting it tested live.”

I did not attend Sunday’s practice, but Dykes characterized it as emotional.

 “We had a little flair up, we got past it, and we’ll move on and learn from it,” he said. “We’ve got to learn how to handle it, but it’s a positive sign that our guys care and compete against each other.

“We need to have a scrimmage. We need to let our guys hit and mix it up a little bit.”


Jeff Faraudo

  • GldnBear71

    How is Moala the big recruit a few years ago doing? Will he flame out under a new system?

  • ScottyBear

    Finally, it looks like we will have a 3-4 year starter at QB assuming Rebenzer doesn’t come in next year and beat out Goff and Kline. Same benefit though if so. Who was the last QB we had to start three straight years? Longshore, but he was in and out as starter. Troy Taylor was the last and maybe only 4-year starter that comes to mind. Go Bears!

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  • Eric

    Thoughts from the group? I’m guessing it is Kline – too risky with a true freshman, and I think Dykes likes the idea of taking someone from scratch and working with him over the next 3+ years.

    But it did seem to me that Hinder made a lot of noise. Would be nice to get him some playing time in blowouts.

  • ScottyBear

    Boller, of course. Thanks Cov. It’s early. Still stoked.

    My guess is Kline, and if so, does Goff redshirt?

  • 1brsfan

    If Kline and Goff are about the same then it would make sense to go with Kline, redshirt Goff and have two solid QB’s for the next 4-5 years. If Goff is the starter does Kline transfer?

  • Eric

    @@5 and 6

    Makes sense to me – Kline starts, Goff redshirts, Hinder is the backup. Everyone should be happy. If Kline is the second coming (i’m looking at you Juancho) then you figure he leaves in two years, giving Goff a solid 2-3 years to start.

  • rollonubears

    What about Dr. Rosen? The 5-star qb?

  • ConcordBear

    Two good young smart and competitive QB’s is a great situation.
    Both these guys are going to be good.
    Hinder will be ready if called on, he showed real well in camp.
    It will be key for the team and program that these guys stay together, lead and are all about team no matter who takes the first snap Aug 31.
    It’s a long season and if one guy is not getting it done the next guy who’s right there pushing in practice will be called on.
    All about winning!

  • Juancho

    Inevitable it will be kline. Too risky to name goff the starter. Kline would transfer. And if goff struggles in games dykes would get the wrath.

    Let kline play and show us if those that hype him up on here are right. If kline struggles in games then it makes sense for goff to play. But not intil then.

  • milo

    Gonna need two QBs regardless.

  • covinared

    all I am reading suggests that Goff is the most consistent and that’s what the coach is looking for. because Kline has 0 game experience and none in the system means the only thing really separating them is age. if Goff is physically and mentally mature enough, he can win it.

  • wehofx

    Competition is good!

    Doubtless, Goff and Kline are pushing each other to give their very best. The starting job hanging on every throw is the closest you can come to replicating game pressure in practice.

    From what I’ve read, sounds like ZK the gun slinger can win games with his arm. He can also lose games by trying to jam the ball into impossibly small windows.

    Goff certainly sounds talented but he seems more like the smart game manager type who won’t lose games because of mistakes/reckless errors.

    I’ll be happy with whoever wins the starting job. I am, however, partial to rocket armed gun slingers – even w the int’s you know he’ll throw, esp in first year.

    Like others have said, gotta feeling today’s scrimmage will be big in determining starting qb.

  • BlakeStreetBear
  • rob bear

    To suggest that Kline should start as a means to justify what people think of him on this site is funny.

    Dykes is a coach. He’s not a fan. Let him do his job and if Kline, Goff or Hinder earn the job, then he goes with it and keeps the other two fresh and ready to go. As noted above, competition is good and if Kline or anyone else threatens to transfer just because he is yanked or not worthy of starting, he should be given a one-way BART ticket, assuming they do not go on strike anytime soon.

    Make your collective decision with EXTREME PREJUDICE SONNY BOY. Go Bears!