It’s not every day that you know someone that gets a coaching job in the college football ranks. And although I do not personally know newly appointed California quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, one of my good friends is friends with the coach, stemming back to their Colfax High School days. His happiness towards this recent hire has certainly trickled down to the rest of his network of friend.
Arroyo is one of many recent hires by California Head Coach Jeff Tedford in the hopes to bring back the spark in an offense that should meager abilities the past season.
The Golden Bears suffered their first losing season under Tedford and this is definitely not a trend that Cal fans would like to see continue.
The addition of Arroyo as the quarterback coach brings a sense of stability to a rather rickety position for Cal the past several seasons.
Arroyo was a quarterback at San Jose State during his collegiate days and has coached college ball over the past eight seasons.
He began his coaching career working with the Spartans quarterbacks, eventually turning Adam Tafralis into one of the league’s elite passers. He later moved onto Wyoming, where in 2009 he was crucial in developing Austyn Carta-Samuels into the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year.
With the somewhat inexperienced Brock Mansion looking to take over the quarterback job full time and the recent addition of three star recruit Kyle Boehm and other potential slingers waiting in the wings, seeing how these new quarterbacks develop under Arroyo should be rather interesting.
The success of an offense often leans on the productivity of quarterback, and Cal’s fate over the next few seasons could depend on whether or not Arroyo can continue his success as a coach.