Football: Maynard quotables

A sampling of what was said during interviews for the Zach Maynard feature that ran today:


On the responsibility of being the starting quarterback:

“Being a quarterback, you just kind of assume you are going to take on that role. It’s not really a heavy burden. I’ve played quarterback all my life.”

On his decision to transfer from Buffalo”:

“It was a long process. It was a high risk. Sometimes you have to make a decision and you have to go with it. That’s what I had to do.”

On major programs backing off of him as a high school senior:

“I respected all the programs that did back off of me. I didn’t take school as seriously as I should have in high school. Growing up in the South, it was all about ball. I went to a graet high school academically and you really have to do your work. I didn’t really care about school.”

On winding up at Buffalo:

“Buffalo stuck with me and I respect them for that, too. They gave me a chance and I took it, head on.”

On his reaction when Turner Gill left Buffalo:

“When Coach Gill let, it surprised everybody. They had to start all over again with a new head coach. I wasn’t really feeling the vibe around there. I made the decision to transfer at the last minute.”

On going through recruiting with Keenan Allen:

“My brother was coming out. It became a huge controversy. It was a crazy whirlwind, but everything happens for the right reasons.”

On what he did first when he made the decision to transfer:

“I called my parents and told them I want to transfer. I thought about it for like a week. It was the end of the semester. I called Keenan. He told me he was going to go wherever I go.”

On his first visit to Cal for summer camp while still in high school:

“I came in high school. I didn’t like it at all at first, to tell you the truth. But then I had time to see the area, and it’s where I wanted to be. Tedford is a great quarterbacks coach. Why not play for the best quarterbacks coach around?”

On sitting out last season:

“The season we had last year was kind of depressing. I felt like I could help my guys a little bit. That’s how it is. It’s a process.”

On playing with Allen:

“We think alike, especially on the field. We have that chemistry.”

On his personality:

“I goof around a little bit, but playing the position I’ve played all my life, you have to be serious.”

On demonstrating he can play at this level:

“We’ll see on Saturdays. A lot of kids are highly recruited out of high school and some perform but some don’t.”



On Maynard’s personality:

“He’s matured a lot since he was a kid. He used to play around and be all fun and games. Now he’s really serious. You can’t get him out of the film room. He always wants to work out. He’s taking care of business now.

On when they started playing football together:

“I was 6, he was 8. We played two years together until I was 8, and then he moved up. I had two more years. Then I played one season with him, my junior year of high school.”

On the quarterback-receiver chemistry they share:

“I was always a running back (as a youth), but we played catch in the back yard. Our timing was always good.”

On how much he worked out with Maynard while Maynard was sitting out last season:

“We played catch a lot, especially on the weekends. We tried to come out here just to get timing down.”

On the differences in their personalities”:

“He’s serious, I’m the class clown.”

On their relationship:

“It’s as strong as possible. Nothing can break us.”

On the timing he has with Maynard:

“I don’t even have to look at him anymore. He already knows where I’m going. He knows where I’m breaking off the route, what time I’m breaking off the route.”

On deciding to play wherever Maynard decided to play:

“I just wanted to do what’s best for him, so we came out here.”


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.