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Jared Goff declares for the NFL Draft

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Cal's record-setting quarterback is headed to the NFL.

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QB Jared Goff has formally finished his career with the California Golden Bears and has announced his intent for the NFL Draft. I'm sure this news is utterly shocking to us all.

Goff is basically a unanimous first-round pick and predicted to be the first or second quarterback selected. With that kind of money (and Cal's uncertainty in pass protection and breaking in new receivers), this news should not be surprising to anyone, even if it is heartbreaking. Kind of like the fact that ugly people like me are destined to dying alone. It sucks, but let's all be honest that we've seen it coming for quite some time now.

The Cal record books are littered with Goff's name—in part due to the evolution of the game and coach Sonny Dykes's system, but also as a testament to Goff's abilities and skills. Goff will leave Cal holding over 25 records, like career passing yards (12,195), single-season passing touchdowns (43), and most passing yards in a game (542). His junior, sophomore, and freshman seasons rank first, second, and third for most passing yards in a season, respectively.

The upcoming QB battle will likely involve Luke Rubenzer, Chase Forrest, and Ross Bowers. Get in your nominations for best portmanteau of their names. (Bowenzerest?)

Congratulations to Jared for a phenomenal career and we wish you the best of luck in the NFL.

UPDATE: Here is the full press conference from earlier today.