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August 16, 2013
True freshman Jared Goff named Cal's starting QB
True freshman Jared Goff was named Cal's starting quarterback on Friday morning, 12 days into Fall Camp.
Goff beat out redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder for the starting nod just three days after throwing just one incompletion during Tuesday's practice in 11s and 7s.
"We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position," head coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. "It's important to name a starter and give them the reps they need to be prepared to play. We feel that right now Jared Goff gives us the best chance to be successful as a team, but we are very fortunate to have three outstanding quarterbacks we feel we can be
Goff combined to throw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in three varsity seasons at Marin Catholic High, helping his team to a 39-4 overall record, a 20-1 Marin County League mark, and three MCL championships during that span.
Goff's 2012 squad was the Division III state runner up after winning North Coast Section and Marin Catholic
League titles during a 14-2 season.
"I'm honored to get the chance to start for Cal and am looking forward to going out and helping the team win," Goff said in a statement. "I'm super excited and ready to get rolling. My competitors are great quarterbacks as well. It was a tremendous competition that has helped all us become better quarterbacks."