Washington coach Chris Petersen, at his weekly news conference in Seattle on Monday, called Cal quarterback Jared Goff “one of the best in the country, without question.”
The numbers support that: Coming off a 45-44 win at Texas in which he broke Cal career records for passing yards, total offense and pass completions, Goff now ranks No. 8 nationally in pass efficiency at 181.9. He has passed for 898 yards and nine touchdowns for the 3-0 Bears.
The Bears (3-0) and Huskies (3-0) meet in the Pac-12 opener for both on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from Petersen’s news conference, courtesy of the Seattle Times:
(On Cal’s offense and Jared Goff) “Those guys are very, very good. I think that whole offense has taken the next step, next level … from last year. The line’s better, they’ve got a bunch of backs that run really hard, and (Goff)’s good. I mean, he’s really, really good. He gets it out really fast. He’ll hang in the pocket and sit on his back foot. That guy can throw it down the field 40 yards on his back foot, I mean, on a line. So they’re good.”
(Are Goff and Washington quarterback Jake Browning similar in the way they read progressions?) “That’s hard to say. One guy’s played three years, and the other guy’s played three games. And so it’s kind of hard to make that comparison right now. I think Goff is one of the best in the country, without question. So it’s kind of hard to make that comparison.”
(What impresses you the most about Jared Goff?) “He can make all the throws, and he gets it out very quickly, but then he’ll stay in the pocket. And he can deliver the ball sitting on his back foot down the field. Most guys hang onto it (but) they’ve got to hitch up to get that ball down there. He does not need to do that. He had two really, really big runs, scrambles in the Texas game. So he can obviously run. He’s not a guy that can’t get out of the rush’s way. I think that’s why the NFL guys are so excited about him, because he’s big and athletic, but he’s a guy that hangs in there and throws it all over.”
(On any differences he sees from Jared Goff from last year to this year) “I think their whole offense is different. They’ve been doing it now a couple, three years with a lot of those same players. I just kind of go across the board. I think their o-line and their run game is better than it was. Kenny Lawler, (Bryce) Treggs, and those guys have been around there for a while. They really execute that offense at a high, high level. I think it’s kind of all of them. All together, I think they’ve probably all gotten better.”