Football: Dykes says picking Goff was `gut-wrenching’ call; Kline says he’s staying

When Jared Goff takes the field at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31 against No. 22 Northwestern, he will be Cal’s first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener since at least World War II.

Named the Bears’ starter on Friday by first-year coach Sonny Dykes, will Goff be equipped to handle the pressure?

“When all these guys come in, I tell them you can be a freshman or you can be a football player. I think he’s a football player,” said Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. “He’ll go out, he’ll smell the air, he’ll be nervous. I told him, Tom Brady’s still nervous.

“Then he’ll go out and perform.”

Goff, who beat out redshirt freshman Zach Kline of Danville and junior Austin Hinder in a duel that began last spring, said he expects to be nervous when he settles under center against Northwestern.

“Of course, there’s going to be a little bit of nerves,” he said. “You just have to kick them out and go out and do your job.”

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Goff’s parents share the joy of their son’s big day.

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  • jabes

    This looks like the same blog post as previous, not matching the headline. Would like to hear more about Kline staying…

  • SteveNTexas

    “Tom” suggested that all the QB’s get some action v Portland State and that certainly makes sense. I have to trust the coaches to some extent as they see them each day, but head to head competition is crucial. I think Ayoub and Longmire looked good in practice too.

    I saw where Cal and Indiana were ranked 61 and 63 and a 5-7 season is nothing to look forward to.
    Sykes and Barbour are entitled to some honeymoon together but I could easily divorce them both if we don’t see real progress.

  • GldnBear71

    Challenging season ahead but very glad Tedford isn’t guiding the ship.

  • BlueNGold

    Kline is a smart guy. He plans to bide his time and see how things play out once the season starts. Not burning bridges behind him. I expect he will get some playing time and, depending how things go with Goff, he might still get to be the starter.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    In an act of the highest tribute, I shall never again say aloud the name Goff as if it rhymes with cough.

    No, I now pronounce Goff as Ga-off, as if it rhymes with “Ca-off,” as sung by Robert Plant after a cough is heard at the end of the best recording take of In My Time of Dying.

    Stand long, Goff.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Jabes — It is an updated version of an earlier story that was posted online. This was written after post-practice interviews. Above you will find more from Zach Kline.


    Looks like Kline has his head on right.