Jared Goff’s arm makes Cal a contender
That might sound like a bold statement, but right now, he’s playing like it. Jared Goff (+15.1) has been outstanding in each of the first three games of the season, with his lowest graded game so far this year still impressive at +4.1.
In 2014 (+10.4), Goff lacked consistency, but still showed the flashes that gave you an idea of the type of quarterback he could be. So far in 2015, he’s improved on those flashes and has been consistently good. That’s why the California Golden Bears are a legit contender in the Pac-12—and beyond.
Where Goff excels—this was true of last season, too—is throwing downfield. Through the first three weeks of the season, he has thrown just three incompletions from the 17 passes travelling 20 yards or more through the air, with his 14 completions going for 447 yards and two touchdowns. That gives him a nation-leading accuracy percentage of 82.4 percent going deep—not bad when you consider just three quarterbacks are above the 60 percent mark.
His favorite deep target has been WR Trevor Davis, who has 190 yards on four receptions of 20+ yards through the air, but Goff hasn’t been afraid to share the ball. Five players have caught at least one long reception from him so far this year; the combination of his arm and plenty of targets who can make plays downfield make Cal very dangerous.