Football: Maynard named starter

Cal has sent out a press release this morning announcing that coach Jeff Tedford has named Zach Maynard the starting quarterback for the 2011 season.

Here’s the release. There will be more to come throughout the day.

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  • 707 Bear

    Lefty, transfer…the next Justin Vedder?

    Maynard’s stats in one year: 57% completion, 18 TD, 15 INT

    Vedder’s two years at Cal: 55% completion, 31 TD, 27 INT

    Will Allen be Dameane Douglas who caught 100 passes in 1998 from Vedder?

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Good news for all of the Pac 12 defensive coordinators.

  • Sean

    Who is this guy?? ^^ (MoreNCsarecoming) Can we block him? Im at least excited that there will bo some kind of playmaker behind center. I know he throws alot of interceptions, but so did Riley and Longshore..at least now we have someone that can run instead of throwing it away.

  • Fozzie

    Amazing that Tedford, who ALWAYS keeps this close to the vest (didnt annouce Riley as the starter in Kevin’s third year as the starter until the end of fall camp!) would announce. I am totally fired up!

  • Bob49

    Any thoughts on who will be the #2 QB. I’m guessing Bridford, but I haven’t seen him play yet. I didn’t think much of Mansion, who I did see play.

    Cal looks like it has some good QB’s now (I haven’t seen Maynard, but the fact that he’s runner could make him something special for Cal), but the coming duel for QB in a couple of years between incoming freshman Kyle Boehm and 2012 arrival Zach Kline could be very special. Maybe we’ll end up with a duel similar to Bartkowski/Ferragamo (which Ferragamo won), two immortal Cal QB’s.

  • milo

    I like how quickly and decisively JTed named the QB this time around. This is in stark contrast to Riley and Longshore. Given Tedford’s record with college QBs (5 1st rounders including A Rodgers), this is a good sign. (Maybe JTed is rally coaching the QBs again.) Tedford must see something in the kid and wants to roll. Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Should make things interesting.

  • milo

    Bob49 – Ferragamo was excellent but he transferred to Nebraska and Bart won out and was the no 1 overall in the draft…but he suffered from best guy/top pick on a crappy team syndrome.

    That said, perhaps the Tedford QB machine got a re-boot. I do like the comp in the next few seasons – Maynard, Bridgford, Hinder, Boehm and Kline.

  • GldnBear71

    Here is the greasemonkey script to block MoreNCsarecoming (aka Amy):


    ignore the troll

  • Tdogg

    The jury is still out on Maynard. Let’s hope he’s better than another mobile QB we’ve had recently. But for sure, the QB depth will be pretty solid with Kline coming in. The future is bright. Go Bears!

  • juancho

    I like Tedford’s decisiveness here. Let’s hope for a good result.

  • Bears

    I hope Maynard, the other QB’s, the offense and the entire program have a chip on their shoulder because everyone has already written them off.
    No one knows what Zack is capable of and I like it that way. Bold move. It’s up to him to write his story and help lead this team.
    Rooting for him and our Bears to surprise!

  • Bob49


    I am fully aware that Ferragamo transferred to Nebraska. But he was Cal’s starting QB in the season before he left, while Bartkowski was at Cal, and I believe led Cal to a great win over Stanford, hitting some big tall receiver for Cal (forget his name, but I’m sure someone else out there knows) for the winning touchdown at the end of the game.

  • GldnBear71

    Steve Sweeney

  • Bob49

    Thanks GldnBear71

  • milo

    Bob49…so you’re saying competition is good. I can agree with that.

  • Bob49

    I’m saying great competition is the best, like Bartkowski-Ferragamo. Boehm-Kline could be like that.

  • Calfan

    Hmmm. Reminds me of the hype we had with Ayoob. Let’s wait and see.

  • milo

    Bah…give Ayoob a break. He got tossed into the fire pretty much right away. He obviously wasn’t ready.

  • Tdogg

    Well, I think there’s much less hype this time. Remember Ayoob was a 5-star recruit. I think fans should be more cautiously optimistic about Maynard with his less than stellar stats his first year. You never know. He might turn out to be better than expected.

  • House

    Not trying to be a downer here, but with Maynard winning the starting role, doesn’t that leave some doubt about the QBs we’ve recruited? The fact that not one of the last 7-8 guys Cal has brought in has held onto or won the starting QB position. Don’t get me wrong I’m excited for our offense with Maynard back there, but a little uneasy.

  • milo

    If JTed could pick a A Rodg (or equal) every time…I think he would, as would every other D1 coach.

    Recruiting isn’t precise and you don’t get a great QB every year. Furd experienced this before Luck…remember Prichard? Every program lucks out and things go up and down. Look at Auburn and Cam Newton.

    I think you get a great QB every 5-8 years, MAYBE. Sometimes you luck out and get a few back to back but then go dry for 10 years.

  • Calfan

    Cautiously optimistic. It sums up the outlook for the upcoming season. Here’s hoping for a breakout season. Go Bears!

  • Raf

    cautiously optimistic??? fool me once shame on… … well I just ain’t gonna get fooled again. I’ll follow, I’ll watch, and I’ll root… but that optimism has burned me every year I’ve been a Cal fan. Still nada Rose Bowl… or National Title. Decidedly pessimistic. =(

  • jabes

    Ayoob is a nice talented player who just didn’t match up well as QB at the D1 college level.

    We all love to talk about the unheralded player who earns a starting role, it works both ways.

    To evaluate JT as developing quarterbacks, you have to look back over his work at Fresno State, Oregon and Cal. He has a pretty good success rate.

    It won’t matter if the O-line doesn’t gel and Isi and company aren’t a ground threat …

  • Eric

    I’ve been quite critical of Tedford since 2007, and remain of the view that his time is past. But I like at least the decision to name a starter now and hopefully the playbook will evolve (or devolve, given its ridiculous size) to play to Maynard’s strengths, which has been a big problem since 2007, if not earlier.

    Still think we’re looking, at best, at 5-7.