Football: Tedford praises Maynard, says Bears aren’t interested in playing up underdog role

A couple items from Jeff Tedford’s news conference Tuesday:

Asked about Zach Maynard’s decision making through two games, Tedford praised his senior quarterback.

“Zach’s done very well. He hasn’t forced the ball,” Tedford said.

Maynard ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency at 154.2. He’s completed 64.2 percent of his passes for an average of 237 yards per game, with three touchdowns and one interception in 53 attempts.

“Last week’s interception was a total fluke,” Tedford said of the first-quarter pick on a screen pass. “You never see that happen on a wide screen. You’re supposed to cut the (defensive) end. It’s a blind throw, really, for the quarterback. The end didn’t get cut. You never expect that. You’re not reading the defensive end on a wide screen.

“For the most part, Zach has done a nice job of not forcing the football. Has made some plays with his legs,” he said, alluding to Maynard’s 30 net yards rushing. “When he’s got outside the pocket, he’s been accurate with his throws. I think his managemenet of the game and protecting the ball has been good.”

He noted that Maynard was stripped of the ball once in the Nevada game while scrambling.

“He’s got to put it away when he starts running,” Tedford said. “As far as throwing the football, he’s managing it pretty well.”

Later, Tedford was asked if his team is embracing the underdog role against Ohio State, which is favored by 17 points. Tedford said exploiting that motivational angle is not part of his preparation this week.

“We’re not going to play to that,” he said. “We’re going there to win a football game. I don’t know what the (outside) perception is. I know the perception in our locker room is we’re going there to win and compete and execute.

“We understand we’re playing a great football and a great tradition in a place that’s a hostile environment. We understand the level of competition, but that’s not something we’re backing down from.”


Jeff Faraudo

  • Nick

    Da-Nile runs deep.

  • ConcordBear

    I like the no huddle the Bears are running on offense. If we can get lined up a little faster and run it quicker and more efficiently it could develop into a strong O. Maynard has tools, he just has to put it together and be more consistent. Be a leader. Still a lot of year left. Would love to see him use his legs more and make positive smart plays for the offense when things break down. If he can step up and lead this offense the team has a shot to win some games.

  • Larry

    I just skimmed through OSU vs. Central Florida game. OSU QB needs to be hit and hit often with safety and corner blitzes. QB needs to be made to throw long and not get into his rhythm of short passes and wildcat type runs.

    If QB is allowed to run, it will be Nevada 2010 all over again.

    Their D needs to be held by our OL for any chance. Big # 52 needs to be accounted for.

  • Larry

    • Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season
    non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked
    in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida
    State, Oct. 2, 1982.

  • Larry

    • Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start
    of the 2002 season.

  • Dan

    Yeah Larry, it’s going to be ugly. And OSU isn’t that good.

  • CalBearister

    “Zach’s done very well. He hasn’t forced the ball,” Tedford said.

    Zach’s played exactly zero BCS conference defenses this year as well. Middle-of-the-pack (5th of 12) numbers playing bottom-of-the-pack defenses equals nothing.

  • daredevilfan

    Great point CalBearister. In past years, Zach has normally padded his numbers early, then faded fast and regressed. This year he hasn’t even come out the gate fast and shined. Maybe he hasn’t made too many mistakes, but he is underwhelming against weak teams. Tedford tries to smooth everything over. I think that is part of the cultural problem. These are football players. Don’t throw anyone under the bus, but just say that everyone’s play is not acceptible and get onto the practice field and work the snot out of them. He is not the coach for our future, not even our present.

  • 707 Bear

    A year ago, I asked the question: Will Maynard, a lefty, transfer, two-year starter, be better than the last lefty, transfer, two-year starter Justin Veder?

    Your thoughts…

  • BlueNGold

    If the Bears do go to Ohio to win, be competitive and execute well, they might surprise a lot of people, including some who claim to be their fans. I hope they do well and make it an interesting game. Otherwise, its going to be a long trip and tough weekend for the team.

  • A-Dubble

    Over under on Maynard picks thrown on Saturday morning +/- 3

  • rollonubears

    If you’re going to count lost fumbles in there, and call it “turnovers” i’d go with 3 total.

  • rollonubears

    JF, are you going to the ‘shoe for this?

  • BlueNGold

    I just read that OSU is hosting a collegiate rugby 7’s tournament this weekend and Cal will be sending a squad to take part. Hopefully one of our teams will make a good showing in Columbus.

  • The Miracle in Columbus. That’s what it’d be.

    Although miracles usually are the cause of positive action, and I have a feeling that if somehow the Bears win, it would be because osu simply was oh so TERRIBLE…

    How many fgs of less than 20yds will JT settle for in this game? I say at least 2. And at least one punt on less than 4th and 3 in osu territory. You gotta have guts for a miracle to happen, and JT has none, as his continuing desire to kick illustrates. Still can’t believe he settled for the fg from the 1 vs southern utah…wtf is wrong with that guy? No wonder Maynard was po’d, weren’t you?

  • Rollonubears

    This is marginally a top20 team at best. It shouldn’t be a miracle to beat them, but I agree, it wold be,

  • BlueNGold

    Well since a lot of Cal fans seem to be resigned to a beatdown, I would put any win in the ‘miraculous’ category.