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Football: Spring practice review — quarterbacks

NOTE: This is the first of position-by-position reviews of spring practice.

HELPED HIS CAUSE: Zach Maynard. The transfer from Buffalo — and also the half-brother of wide receiver Keenan Allen — entered spring practice as the big wild card. Coach Jeff Tedford was intrigued by Maynard’s dual threat ability but hadn’t seen him on the field at Cal yet. It also remained to be seen how quickly Maynard would get comfortable with the Bears’ offense.

Maynard still has a long way to go, but it’s obvious he’s the quarterback of Cal’s immediate future. Maynard finished spring practice taking all the starter’s reps and Tedford has raved about his ability and development during the spring. Maynard displayed the escapability and running ability that Tedford wants to see, and the coach is excited about the potential of the offense with Maynard behind center.

WORK TO DO: Brock Mansion. You could really name either Mansion or Allan Bridgford here, because it appears either one has some ground to make up on Maynard. But since Mansion is going to be a fifth-year senior, the sense of urgency is greater. The limited experience Mansion received at the end of last season helped him this spring, but obviously not enough to go into the summer as Cal’s No. 1 guy. Mansion may be looking at fall camp as a competition for the backup job, where his experience could give him an edge.

WHERE WE STAND: Tedford is expected to make some kind of announcement this week regarding the quarterback situation. He likely will name Maynard the starter with a disclaimer that the position will still be competitive in the fall and nothing is ever set in stone. Or he could simply say Maynard enters the fall at the top of the depth chart without definitively naming him the starting quarterback. Either way, it appears it’s Maynard’s job to lose.

MOVING FORWARD: Maynard must now spend the summer earning respect from his teammates and turning into the leader of the offense. Remember that Maynard not only sat out last season, but he wasn’t even enrolled at Cal while he worked on his academics at Contra Costa College. So before spring started he hadn’t been in the locker room with his teammates. Maynard has a special kinship with Allen, which undoubtedly making this transition easier, but he has to continue to develop a trust and relationship with the other receivers on the team.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • rotfogel

    Maynard until the Boehm era.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Sounds like Joe Ayoob Part 2

  • Bob49

    Zach Kline, arriving in 2012, may upset the Boehm era. Looks really good on film. Cal certainly has a lot of decorated quarterbacks on its roster and coming in. Hopefully, Tedford will be able to mold a few of them into outstanding QB;s.

  • Bob49

    Ayoob was not an accurate thrower, though he was a nifty runner. We don’t know about Maynard’s accuracy yet.

  • milo

    Why doesn’t the press simply refer to Maynard and Allen as brothers.

  • BlueNGold

    Sounds like the troll is really desperate to grab hold of anything it can use to get in Cal fans’ faces and provoke a reaction to it’s inane and pointless comments.

  • Calduke

    The troll’s post worked.

  • Calfan

    Half brothers they may be, but as they’re close so as to want to play with each other, brothers is what they are. Different last names, but brothers all the same.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    It always works on BlueNGold and that is in many different media venues.

  • covinared

    sanctions…

  • H8sRed

    Covina -

    Your spelling is a bit off. It’s SCanctions (and SChame).

  • fatoski

    JO,

    I believe you are totally incorrect when you say Maynard is the exclusive #1 going into the fall. I believe Tedford will announce the #1 slot will be shared by Maynard and Bridgeford and while Maynard may end up starting a game or two, Bridgeford will be the starter sooner than later.

  • Golden Bear

    Amy (moreNCS) quite wasting your time. Mark it zero, next frame…

  • BlueNGold

    Liar.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    No you lie.

    Your turn BlueNGold Sherm.

  • BlueNGold

    You just keep lying, moron. You lie about me and everything else that you spew on this blog. It’s no wonder you have been kicked off all the other Cal sports boards. Obviously, its all you have got.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I knew you would take the bait Sherm.I find it funny how you contribute nothing to these blogs (and others) except for following me around. Please use blockAmy. It will make your life easier. You are too wound up.

  • minical

    I managed to get to the final Cal spring practice, and, at least from that practice, it was clear that Maynard was the guy. FYI: he started out strong,, but towards the end he had a bunch of fumbles and interceptions :( Let’s hope he continues to improve. Bridgford and Mansion both did about equally poorly. When Maynard was on the field, the offense could move the ball; not the case with other two QBs.

  • BlueNGold

    Keep on lying, moron. It just confirms that it is all you have got.