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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