Football: Goff, Muhammad on watch lists

Cal sophomores Jared Goff and Khalfani Muhammad are part of early-season watch lists for a couple national awards.

Goff, who set Cal’s single-season passing yardage record (3,508 yards) as a freshman last fall, is on the Maxwell Award preseason watch list. The Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top college football player, dates back to 1937.

Goff is among 16 Pac-12 players and seven quarterbacks from the conference on the list. Other QBs from the Pac-12 in the running are: Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, ASU’s Taylor, Kelly, USC’s Cody Kessler, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced on Nov. 3.

Muhammad is on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player. As a freshman last season, Muhammad led Cal with 445 rushing yards and a 6.0 per-carry average, and totaled 1,638 all-purpose yards, including 46 kickoff returns for 1,003 yards.

Muhammad is one of seven Pac-12 players on the 47-man watch list. Others include Stanford’s Ty Montgomery, USC’s Nelson Agholor and UCLA’s Myles Jack.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Eric

    Khalfani is going to make a lot of noise this year. 1,000 yards!

  • Larry

    Goff will have a good year too! OL should be improved and Goff will take off in the Pac-12!

  • Juancho

    I’m starting to get excited for the season.

  • covinared

    QB and RB should not be our weaknesses. Neither should WR. Not so sure about everywhere else.

  • Rollonubears

    It’s been a pretty quiet offseason. Not a whole lot of enthusiasm after last year’s facepalm. Nowhere to go but up. It’s kind of refreshing not to be worrying about this on a daily basis as in years past.