California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff won’t be easing into his freshman season. The youngster will be facing a good Northwestern team — ranked No. 22 in the nation — on Saturday, yet the 18-year-old quarterback doesn’t seem all that nervous.
In an interview with SFGate, Goff shared is laid-back pregame ritual, one that he doesn’t figure to change on Saturday:
My mom used to make me an egg sandwich, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this time. I don’t do anything special. I wear the same stuff every game, no wristbands or anything. I like to sit by myself and focus; I don’t like a lot of music or anything, just calmness and quiet.
Head coach Sonny Dykes said that Goff’s relaxed demeanor is what helped him win the starting job:
What we want Jared to do is just what he’s done at practice. Just take care of the football, get the ball to the right players, be accurate, be a good leader, stay emotionally calm and stable and steady. All of those are reasons why we named him the starting quarterback.
He has the uncanny ability to not worry too much about what’s going on around him and focus on the stuff that’s important.
Of course, a similarly cool, calm, and collected freshman named Marcus Mariota dominated the Pac-12 conference last season. It’ll be an exciting season for Cal fans if Goff comes close to replicating Mariota’s remarkable performance.