As Cal looks to rebound from a disastrous first season under Sonny Dykes, taking it slowly and carefully, at least early on, with its starting quarterback will be one of the main focuses of the spring.
Jared Goff suffered a shoulder injury in the season finale against Stanford last November and underwent surgery to repair the damage shortly thereafter. The quarterback, the San Jose Mercury News reports, stated that his shoulder has been 100-percent healthy for more than a month and has been throwing for a couple of months.
Despite the player’s declaration, his coach is not inclined to take many chances as the Bears opened spring practice Monday.
“We’ve got to be careful not to put too much on him and blow his arm out early,” Dykes said Sunday. “We’re going to bring him along slowly, probably split reps early and see how he handles it, see how he feels, give him the occasional day off.
As a true freshman last season, Goff set the school single-season record for most passing yards (3,508) and total offense (3,446) after starting all 12 games in a 1-11 season. Dykes briefly toyed with the idea of replacing Goff with Zach Kline, but ultimately stuck with the former despite his midseason struggles. Those struggles came after Goff passed for a combined 1,306 yards and led the nation in passing yardage after his first three collegiate starts. In his fifth start, he passed for a school-record 504 yards.
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