The quarterback competition obviously will attract the most attention during the spring. Jeff Tedford faces a major challenge attempting to get all of his signal-callers enough significant reps to make accurate evaluations.
But there are signs that Buffalo transfer Zach Maynard could be in a pretty good position. Maynard is believed to be the Bears’ best dual-threat quarterback. As Buffalo’s starting quarterback in 2009, he rushed for 455 yards. Tedford has acknowledged that more and more successful college offenses across the country are employing spread option-type attacks that requires a quarterback who possesses the threat of running.
Furthermore, Tedford hired Marcus Arroyo as his quarterbacks coach. As the offensive coordinator at Wyoming, Arroyo installed the spread offens and Tedford welcomes Arroyo’s ideas.
That all being said, the bottom line is Maynard still has to be good enough. While throwing for 18 touchdowns in 2009, he also threw 15 interceptions. And the competition in the Pac-12 will be substantially more stiff than it was in the Mid-American Conference.
There is no question there is some uncertainty about Maynard. When he takes the field for Cal’s first spring practice on March 29, it will be Tedford’s first time watching him in person. But Tedford has said he’s eager to see what Maynard can do.