Cal Football Notebook (August 16)
BERKELEY – The day started with the announcement of Jared Goff as Cal’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season opener against Northwestern on Saturday, Aug. 31 and ended with head coach Sonny Dykes, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, Goff and fellow quarterback Zach Kline talking to the media about the decision following the team’s 11th practice training camp Friday at Memorial Stadium.
“It was a hard, difficult, gut-wrenching decision in a lot of ways,” Dykes said. “We kind of hoped that somebody would take it and run away with it, and that’s not really what happened. We had some very viable candidates and probably could have chosen either one. We made our decision solely on who we felt gave us the best chance to win today. That’s how we make all of our decisions.”
Dykes noted Goff’s accuracy and consistency and ability to take care of the ball as critical factors in the decision. He also talked about the importance of Goff being a mid-year enrollee and with the program since last January shortly after Dykes and his staff arrived.
“To me he’s not really a true freshman,” Dykes said.
Dykes also had good things to say about Kline and his performance in Friday’s workout.
“I felt like it was one of Zach’s better practices,” Dykes said. “That’s good, that’s what you want to see. The good thing is that he’s going to keep competing, keep making himself better and that will make our football team better.”
*Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin called the selection of Goff a “really hard decision because all three guys can win” and said that critical factors were completion percentage and the ability to take care of the football. Franklin said he tells his players when they come in that they can be “a freshman or a football player” and that he thinks Goff is a “football player”.
*Goff said he was “really excited and very honored about the chance to play for Cal” when he was told of the decision.
*Kline said “definitely it’s disappointing. I know I’m a good quarterback. I know that I can win games, and I can lead this team to where we want to go, but in the same breath I’m going to support Jared, obviously, because that’s what a good teammate is going to do.”
*In his first practice after being named the team’s starter, Goff completed 14-of-19 passes for 116 yards during team sessions with two touchdowns on back-to-back throws of 25 yards to Chris Harper and 12 yards to Darren Ervin.
*Kline completed 9-of-10 passes for 104 yards during team sessions.
*Legendary football coach Dick Tomey was on hand to take in the practice. Tomey was a collegiate head coach at Hawai’i Arizona and San Jose State. Others spotted on the sideline included former Cal quarterback Dave Barr and current Golden Bear rugby head coach Jack Clark.
*Fans can check out post-practice interviews with Dykes and selected coaches and players after each of the team’s workouts during training camp on the Cal Athletics You Tube channel (youtube.com/calathletics). The links to the interviews will also be distributed via the @CalFootball twitter account and normally available on CalBears.com. The links below are for the most recent interviews with Dykes, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, Goff and Kline following Friday’s workout.Post-Practice Interviews: Dykes | Franklin | Goff | Kline
*The countdown to Cal’s season opener at home against Northwestern on Saturday, Aug. 31 is now at 15 days. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with a kickoff time scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.
* Cal is slated to work out every day at Memorial Stadium through Saturday, Aug. 24, when training camp concludes with Golden Bear Day presented by Bug Zappers Pest Control. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the team at the free event at Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza at Memorial Stadium from 2 to 4 p.m. PT.
*Golden Bear fans will also have an opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the 2013 season through The Drive, a new television series featuring the Cal and Arizona State football programs that will air in 14 episodes on the Pac-12 Networks this fall. The show will debut with an hour-long special on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. that will focus on training camp and the first two games of the 2013 season. For the subsequent 13 weeks, the program will be 30 minutes and debut with two airings of a new episode every Wednesday across all seven networks at 7 p.m. and following the conclusion of Wednesday night Pac-12 Networks women's volleyball action at approximately 9:30 p.m. Check the Pac-12 Networks TV schedule (pac-12.com/tv-listings/pac-12-national) for additional repeats of the show. Visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get Pac-12 Networks.
*Fans can visit CalBears.com and various award-winning social media pages for comprehensive coverage of Cal football with a wide array of engaging content.
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For 2013 ticket information, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.
2013 CAL FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE SCHEDULE
DAY, DATE (GATE 1 OPENS) ... NOTES
Saturday, Aug. 17 (4:30 p.m.) ... Scrimmage
Sunday, Aug. 18 (4:30 p.m.)
Monday, Aug. 19 (4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 20 (4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug. 21 (4:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 22 (4:30 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 23 (4:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 24 (11 a.m.) ... Pregame Simulation
Saturday, Aug. 24 (2-4 p.m.) ... Golden Bear Day
All times Pacific; Schedule and visiting policies subject to change
FAN PRACTICE INFORMATION
Fans attending Cal football practices during the team’s 2013 training camp should enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 1 at the north end of the facility, with available seating in sections EE, F, FF and G. Fans are asked to refrain from taking photos or video during practice.
California Memorial Stadium Location – California Memorial Stadium is located on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley between Bancroft Way and Hearst Avenue. It is adjacent to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance at 2227 Piedmont Avenue. Parking in the vicinity of Memorial Stadium is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to read all signs at each parking location for further important information. There are also public transportation options. See below for some suggestions.
Public Transportation – Public transportation is highly recommended when visiting Berkeley. There are multiple public transportation options that lead to Memorial Stadium. BART has a station in downtown Berkeley about a half-mile west of the venue. Visit bart.gov, actransit.org or 511.org for more information.
Recreational Sports Facility Garage – Located on the north side of Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street.
Street Parking – Paid and limited street parking may be available on streets near Memorial Stadium, with most options to the east, south and west along Bancroft Way, Channing Way, Piedmont Avenue, Prospect Street, Stadium Rim Way and Warring Street.
Underhill Garage – Located on the corner of Channing Way and College Avenue.
Witter Lot – Located near the corner of Centennial Drive and Stadium Rim Way.
More Information – For more info on directions and parking options, visit berkeley.edu/map.