The California Golden Bears are gearing up for the 2015 college football season which they begin with a September 5th meeting with the Grambling State Tigers. Jared Goff has been an intriguing name to follow over the last couple of seasons, and many expect to see him come through with a monstrous season this year.
Goff is entering his junior season with the Golden Bears, and is coming off of a very impressive season last year. He ended up throwing for 3,973 yards and 35 touchdowns on the season, while only throwing seven interceptions.
There are some scouts that have taken notice of him, and he received high praise from Rob Rang in an article on CBS Sports taking a look at his potential draft stock.
“Handed the keys to Cal’s future almost immediately after signing with the team, Goff has steadily impressed over his first seasons and looks poised to jump into the conversation with seniors Cody Kessler (USC) and Kevin Hogan (Stanford) as the top quarterback prospect in the Pac-12 and the best talent at the position at Cal since Aaron Rodgers,” Rang wrote.
Needless to say, seeing the comparison to Aaron Rodgers was a bit shocking for nearly everyone that read the article.
It is true that he is the best talent that California has had at the position in quite some time, and Goff has received multiple comparisons to Rodgers in the past. His ability to make plays with his legs and arm is similar to the skills that Rodgers showed during his Golden Bear days, but Goff has a lot of work to do before reaching Rodgers’ current level.
At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Goff is the typical size of a young NFL quarterback. He has shown improvement in his game in nearly every aspect, although the offense that he has played in isn’t the style of offense that he will have to run at the next level.
Looking ahead at the 2015 season, there is no question that Goff is poised to have a huge season.
There are legitimate hopes around the California football program that Goff will be a contender for the 2015 Heisman Trophy, and that in and of itself shows how much is expected from the talented quarterback.
Whether or not he will live up to the hype is another question, but he certainly proved last season that he has top-notch talent.
Once again, Goff will be given the chance to prove himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in college football. He did that last year by ending the season fifth in the nation in passing yards. Expecting him to finish among the nation leaders once again is very reasonable, and he is ready to take on the pressure of being one of the most watched quarterbacks by NFL scouts this season.
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