Coach Sonny Dykes said quarterback Jared Goff made a huge leap during recently completely spring workouts.
“I thought he was a completely different player. To me, the biggest jump I’ve seen from Jared was this spring,” Dykes said. “He ended the fall as a really good quarterback. He finished spring practice as an elite-level quarterback.”
Dykes talked about the areas of improvement Goff needed to address, including hitting open deep receivers, improving the timing of his deliveries, getting rid of the ball to relieve pressure on the offensive line, moving and throwing on the run, and understanding that decisions he makes early in a game may differ from those he makes in the fourth quarter.
“He went out with a clear purpose and addressed those issues and I think he’s at a really good place right now,” Dykes said. “He’s got a chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in a league full of good quarterbacks. If he’s one of the best in this league, he’ll be one of the best in the country.”
Dykes added, “Jared’s got a really high ceiling. He has a chance to be a really good football player. I feel like he was way ahead of where he was a year ago.”
Another area where the junior-to-be continues to progress is leadership, Dykes said. A starter since his true freshman season in 2013, Goff has allowed the leadership component to develop organically.
“The good thing about Jared is he hasn’t tried to force that. It’s happened naturally,” Dykes said. “He’s certainly revered by his teammates. They like him, they respect him. They respect him because he’s a good player. They respect him because he’s a good person. They respect him because he does things the right way off the field.
“He’s the kind of guy you want to build your football program around. And he has become really comfortable as a leader. He has those leadership qualities in him and they’re starting to come out now.”