It was only one game, but quarterback Zach Maynard said he felt much more comfortable during Saturday’s win over Utah than he had the two previous games. The question now whether it will be more of the same moving forward or more like the Oregon and USC games.
“I feel more prepared, more comfortable, just taking my time,” Maynard said. “I think the game slows down with how much you prepare and how much you know about the opponent you are playing against.”
Maynard said Saturday’s performance gave him a boost of confidence after a couple of tough games.
“I feel a lot more confident at this point in the season,” he said. “I was getting my feet wet early in the season. I started off pretty good and then had a little downfall the previous games. But the last game I got more comfortable again.”
Maynard said he spent last week in practice paying extra attention to his footwork.
“I just had to make sure my feet were good,” he said. “I was practicing my feet all week. I over-stride sometimes. It’s about staying calm and poised and delivering a good ball to my receivers.”
Maynard once again talked about how he likes to throw on the run, but also agreed with Jeff Tedford that they have to mix it up so they don’t cut the field in half too often.
“I let Coach know what plays I like and what plays I don’t like,” he said.
After questions lingered last week about the health of three of Cal’s starting linebackers, the team appears to be pretty healthy going into the game at UCLA. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks has his thumb wrapped and appeared to sit out practice. Either way, he should play.
It should be an extra special game for Kendricks, whose younger brother Eric plays linebacker for the Bruins and is the team’s third-leading tackler.