Like a bolt of lightning from a clear sky, Jared Goff burst onto the scene to solidify the California Golden Bear quarterback position for the next few years.
Prepping at Marin Catholic High School, Goff passed for a combined 7,687 yards, 93 touchdowns and only 18 interceptions in three varsity seasons through 2012. In all, he hit on 477-of-767 passes in his career, a nifty 62.2 completion percentage. But few knew what he was about to do in Berkeley.
For all that went wrong with the California Golden Bears season in 2013, Goff turned out to be something that went wonderfully right in a big way. The true freshman snatched up the starting job in the fall and put up some eye-popping numbers during the season.
Goff broke California single-season records for passing yards (3,508), total offense (3,446), completions (320) and attempts (531), and was one of only three players to start all 12 games for California. He tallied 18 touchdown passes against 10 interceptions and broke a single game school record with 504 yards against Washington State. Want some more? He is only the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for 450 yards or more in a game three times and threw for more than 300 yards five times during the season.
Given California’s youth, injuries and general struggles, it’s easy to excuse those numbers as gaudy out of necessity, but Goff demonstrated growth and increased maturity as the season rolled along – as well as a durability that was surprising considering his slight frame and struggles of the offensive line.
Goff will look to build on his honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and help the Golden Bears right the ship moving forward. A legitimate honors candidate, he is worthy of inclusion in the list of the Pac-12’s best quarterbacks.
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