I don’t think he played in a complicated system in high school

In his senior year, his football team traveled an hour and a half to play Milbank High near the Minnesota border. In attendance was former SDSU offensive line coach Carl Larson, who at the time was the minister at American Lutheran Church in Milbank. He saw something in Goedert worthy of a phone call to his former boss in Brookings.

“He started out playing inside linebacker on defense. He ended up playing quarterback, receiver, tight end and running back on offense. He was the whole team,” Larson said. “I called coach Stig and told him, ‘This guy’s a player.’ That spring, he was back in Milbank with the track team. The best (discus) throwers there were throwing it maybe 120, 125 (feet). He came up and whipped it 156. So I called coach again.”

“I think they’re really similar,” former Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in 2015 prior to the only meeting between Goff and Rosen (a 40-24 UCLA win). “I think Josh has a big arm like Jared. Josh is pretty far along developed, physically. He’s a strong kid.

Later that afternoon, Goedert shows he’s come a long way, not only physically but mentally as well. After the entire offense watches film with offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness, Goedert and three other SDSU tight ends break off into a position meeting. Tight ends coach Luke Schleusner goes through a series of run and pass plays that make up the game plan for UNI, and it’s loaded with all kinds of terminology and hot reads. The fifth-year senior listens intently and absorbs it all, at one point interpreting an assignment to one of his fellow tight ends.

“His first year, his football IQ wasn’t too high,” Schleusner said. “I don’t think he played in a complicated system in high school. It was a challenge to get him lined up right, let alone execute a play. Now he’s got an incredible football IQ. We line him up all over the field, use him in a number of different ways, and he grasps it all very quickly.”tigers_049-115x115

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