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North Bay freshman quarterback Jared Goff to start for Cal

  • California head coach Sonny Dykes talks to the media during the NCAA college football Pac-12 Media Day on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

BERKELEY— Freshman quarterback Jared Goff was picked to start for California by new coach Sonny Dykes.

Goff has been competing since the spring with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder.

"We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position," 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 successful with."

Goff was a top recruit out of Marin Catholic High School in Novato, Calif. He graduated high school early and was able to participate in spring practice for Cal.

"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. "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 of us become better quarterbacks."

The Golden Bears open the season at home against Northwestern on Aug. 31.

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