The face of Cal football still is getting comfortable with the idea that others around campus are beginning to recognize him.
Quarterback Jared Goff is no longer the anonymous kid from Marin County.
“I notice people kind of looking, whispering,” said Will Perry, one of nine guys with whom Goff shares a three-story house near the Cal campus. “They know who he is.”
Goff’s parents, Jerry and Nancy, have had the same experience while spending time on campus with their son. “It’s not like the 1964 Beatles are walking down Bancroft, but he’s a shy kid,” Jerry Goff said.
Goff squirms a bit when asked what it’s like when he’s approached by fans.
“It’s just kind of an awkward thing,” he replied.
For coach Sonny Dykes, who installed Goff as a freshman starting quarterback before the 2013 season, Goff is an ideal cornerstone for a developing program. The appeal is not limited to the sophomore already having thrown 30 touchdown passes this season and being on a pace to eventually break every Cal passing record.
“He’s kind of the golden boy Cal guy,” Dykes said. “Both his parents went to Cal. He grew up a Cal fan. He’s a tall, good-looking guy. If there’s kind of what you want a quarterback to look like, it would be him with about 25 more pounds.”
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WHERE GOFF RANKS IN CAL RECORD BOOK
Passing yards — game: 1st (527)
Passing yards — season: 1st (3,508)
300-yard passing games — career: 1st (11)
250-yard passing games — career: 1st (16)
Passing touchdowns — season: 2nd (30)
Passing efficiency — season: 3rd (152.37)
Passing efficiency — career: 4th (136.05)
Passing yards — career: 5th (6,906)
Passing touchdowns — career: tied 6th (48)