Four Bears Earn Preseason Plaudits

Jared Goff is named to the CFP Awards Quarterback Trophy Watch List, as three other Bears earn preseason recognition.

On Tuesday, California sophomore quarterback Jared Goff was named to the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Trophy after having been named Monday to the watch list for the Maxwell Award. Goff is one of 40 quarterbacks on the CFPA watch list.

Goff joins wide receiver Chris Harper, linebacker Jalen Jefferson and running back/kick returner Khalfani Muhammad as a preseason honoree, after Harper, Jefferson and Muhammad were named to Athlon’s 2014 Preseason All-Pac-12 team, with Muhammad making the cut as a kickoff returner.

Harper was a third-team selection, while Jefferson and Muhammad were named fourth-team picks.

As a true freshman, Goff broke Cal single-season records for passing yards (3,508), most yardage gained (3,508), total offense (3,446), passes completed (320) and passes attempted (531) in 2013 when he was one of three players on the team to start all 12 games and became the first true freshman quarterback in school history to start a season opener. He also threw 18 touchdown passes to tie for 10th on Cal’s all-time single-season list. In addition, Goff broke a single-game school record with 504 passing yards against Washington State and became the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for 450 yards or more in a game three times, adding 450 in his collegiate debut against Northwestern and 485 against Portland State. He also threw for over 300 yards against both Ohio State (371) and Washington (336) to give him five 300-yard passing games, equaling Cal’s single-season record and tying for fourth all-time.

Muhammad was also named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List on Monday. The award, now in its fifth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy.

As a true freshman in 2013, Muhammad led Cal with 445 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 6.0 yards per rush (best among regulars) and 1,638 all-purpose yards, as well as school records of 46 kick returns and 1,006 kick return yards. Muhammad earned 2013 third-team Freshman All-American honors by Athlon and was a third-team All-Pac-12 pick of College Sports Madness as a kick returner for his efforts. He proved he is a home run threat with both Cal’s longest run (73 yards for a touchdown at Washington) and kick return (52 yards vs. Oregon State) of the season, as well as a 62-yard reception against Portland State and a 55-yard TD run at Colorado.

Harper has been Cal’s most productive receiver over the last two seasons and is the team’s active career leader in receptions (111), receiving yards (1,396), receiving touchdowns (7), total touchdowns (8) and points (48).

Jefferson has played in 19 games and made 18 starts over the last two campaigns to co-lead all active Cal defensive players in the latter category, compiling career totals of 111 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss (-30 yards) and 4.5 sacks (-23 yards).


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