Football notebook: Goff settles into rhythm

Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff has settled into a more efficient rhythm the past three games, throwing eight touchdowns and just two interceptions.

He said one reason is his acceptance that he can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound.

“Part of it is not trying to be Superman out there, just doing what a quarterback has to do and not trying to make every play on the field,” Goff said. “For a little while there I was trying to do too much.”

Goff’s numbers for the four previous games included just two touchdowns and three interceptions.

“I would get frustrated and think I’ve got to throw a touchdown here. I realized it and fixed it and that’s what’s going on the last few games.”


When the Bears (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12) visit Colorado (3-6, 0-6) on Saturday, old WAC coaching rivals Sonny Dykes and Mike MacIntyre will meet for the fourth straight season.

Dykes won two of three meetings as coach at Louisiana Tech against MacIntyre’s San Jose State squad, although the Spartans prevailed last season.

Then both were involved in the Cal coaching search to replace Jeff Tedford.

“We kind of laughed about that in the offseason a little bit, about the way things work out,” Dykes said. “Everybody’s mentioned for everything at some point in their career.”


Dykes said redshirt freshman linebacker Hardy Nickerson will undergo surgery Friday to repair what is called a Lisfranc injury, a fairly complicated fracture to the midfoot.

Nickerson will miss spring ball, Dykes said, sidelined until about May.


Dykes said junior Brendan Bigelow, who was moved from running back to slot receiver at midseason, could end up back at running back by next season. Bigelow played both positions last week against USC, running the ball twice for 17 yards.

Bigelow missed spring ball after knee surgery and didn’t show explosiveness early in the season at running back. “A lot of it will depend on the confidence he has in his knee,” Dykes said.

Jeff Faraudo