Football: With Maynard still out, Bridgford prepares to play QB vs. No. 2 Ducks

Zach Maynard, Cal’s starting quarterback the past two seasons, left the practice field Tuesday morning riding on a cart with a brace immobilizing his left knee.

Hardly an encouraging scenario with No. 2 Oregon, the nation’s high-scoring team, coming to town on Saturday.

Injured four days earlier against Washington, Maynard’s status for Cal’s home finale remains iffy. “I have no idea,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.

An MRI showed no ligament damage to Maynard’s knee but there is not even a timetable on when he might resume practicing. So junior Allan Bridgford is being prepped to start while Maynard rehabs.

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  • Richard Williams

    It’s a shame it takes an injury for us to see a new QB. We watched week after week of Joe Ayoob ineptitude, then Steve Levy got a chance only after Ayoob was hurt. Then what happened? Levy ran the table!

  • discdude

    > “I have no idea,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.

    Stop playing games Coach, as if Oregon is worried or can’t game prep for Maynard or Bridgford anyway. Let’s get actual game time for the three backups since this game won’t be close. And let’s pick a game plan and stick with it, don’t start throwing on all three downs just because you are behind 21-0 in the first 5 minutes, it’s gonna happen, so just deal with it and run the plays.

  • covinared

    Why not consider chucking the offense for the offset I of the old days. Pound them with Anderson, Bigelow and Stevens, and mix in play action. In obvious passing situations, go to the already installed shotgun sets. Oregon isn’t going to bite on any Bridgford threat to run out of the usual scheme anyway. Put Yarnaway in for some fb carries. What is there to lose?

  • Eric


    You and I have clashed in the past, but you hit the nail on the head for the game plan. Because Bridgford is not a running threat, there is zero reason to run shotgun/spread option sets on first or second down. Run power/off set I using the fullback, 2 WRs, and a TE, and pound the ball with a mix of play action.

    And avoid the long out patterns – that is what sank us in 2006 and 2007.

  • covinared

    thanks Eric. this also should simplify things for Bigelow. He won’t have to try to read sideline calls and think at the same time. Just follow directions, take the ball, run and hopefully not fumble.

  • SteveNTexas

    This season is over – Bridgford – Kline and Bigelow should get the snaps. They need experience for next year and playing against a top team will give them something to think about.

    Tedford needs some experience and practice for next year too– he should stay home and watch the game on TV.

  • Juancho

    Agree with my Texan brother SteveN.

    The redshirt excuse is moot because our top guys don’t stay all 4-5 years of eligibility. They go pro as soon as they can. So will Kline. The fear of burning his redshirt doesn’t hold up to historical fact.

    Doesn’t matter whether he leaves our program for the NFL after 3 years as a redshirt sopomore or a true junior. Like SteveN says, play him. Start Bridgeford, and give Kline a drive a half. And more importantly:


  • covinared

    Kline’s redshirt should not be burned. Ucla fans were calling out for Hundley this time last year. He did not need any action in meaningless games to step in this year.

    Remember Pat Barnes? Gilbertson used him for one game late his freshman year, and three years later we had to go out and get a jc transfer named Vedder.

  • covinared

    Juancho: kline being good enough to go out early is a very big assumption to rely on for burning a redshirt over 2 meaningless games when we already are three deep in unused high school stud qb’s who have already used their redshirts. Be patient. the object of your obsession will one day get his chance.

  • Calduke

    Covinared & Eric:

    ‘Pound the Ball’???

    That requires an offensive line.
    where will that come from???

  • covinared

    I admit Pound the ball is a big assumption. Blocking is simpler with an I set. Our line run blocks better than pass blocks. Oregon does not have the same size as stanford or sc up front. Oregon is fast. Run at them because we won’t be able to run by them.

  • rotfogel

    Where Tedford really really REALLY failed…miserably…

    “That’ll definitely help. He’s never had that,” center Brian Schwenke said. “That first week against Nevada, we didn’t even know he was playing until the night before.”–Brian Schewnke on first team reps for Bridgeford

    That is completely inexcusable.

  • ThisisCal

    Rot, that quote pretty much says it all.

  • SteveNTexas

    Actually Covinared just convinced me that I am wrong.

    I really don’t want to burn the redshirt and just because Kline was highly touted doesn’t mean he is a lock to go pro.

    Everything else I said stands and Juancho is right 99% of the time.

  • Steve W.

    Maynard riding on a cart – “hardly an encouraging scenario.” Really? I’m very encouraged. I want to see Bridgford get some experience for next year. He just needs to ignore how many points Oregon has run up on the scoreboard and run the offense. I totally agree that Cal should use a mix of run/play action and just forget they will probably be down by 30 points mid-way through the second quarter.

  • Juancho

    Covina as my arch nemesis i have to respect your opinion.

    My desire to see kline now is built on a few assumptions and i could be wrong. But here are my assumptions either way.

    1. Tedford will remain as coach for next year.

    2. If i dont see klne play this year i am willing to bet a 40 oz of malt liquor that kline wont play at all next year either. It will be bridgford and hinder.

    3. That means kline will effectively have no first team reps with this class he came in with for two years.

    4. This means kline will suffer what i call the tedford devaluing that so many qb recruits have. Just ask allan “zero reps” bridgford.

    5. If kline isnt good enough to go pro early then none of this matters and we saved an extra year throughh redshirt when we have jared goff bhind him.

    6. Im willing to run the risk of one less year of kline if it statistically incrases the opportunity he is able to be great now.

    Otherwise let him rust like every other qb.

  • rob bear

    Too, too funny. Kline has not taken a college snap and already he is projected to be going pro. You guys should apply for a D-1 football coaching jobs, for you not only have all of the answers, you can project futures better than those guys that read people’s palms.

    To burn a year of eligibility with two games remaining with the most incompetent O-Line in recent Cal History is the equivalent of sending this kid to a foreign country and dumping him off behind enemy lines and tell him to get home safely. If he is good enough, Kline will get his chance. No need to feed him to the Lions, I mean Ducks, with two games and nothing to play for.

    Do I want Kline and the Bears to be better the years of one Aaron Rodgers? Absolutely! To leave him on the sideline with two games remaining at the end of a dismal season is simple common sense. Leave Kline where he is.

  • covinared

    you assume a lot.

  • Juancho

    Rob bear dont take it so serious. Those are just my opinions. No need to beat me with extreme prejudice.

    Who here agrees that if a guy is good enough under tedford theyll get their shot ?

    I dont.

    Covina you are the john lennon to my paul mccartney.

  • rob bear

    To call me serious is funnier than the initial post about having Kline lose a year of eligibility in order to play two games for a team with 3 wins in early November.


  • daredevilfan

    I also have fear that Tedford doesn’t have enough of an open mind to give everyone a shot. But I still can’t rationalize burning a redshirt with 2 games left. Leave the future to the future, but make today’s decision by playing the right odds, not trying to de-Tedford the situation. Give the kid the chance to have more game-time experience in his college years. After that, we can’t control things. Let’s just keep pushing for new coaches. And let’s push for them to give all 55,782 QBs reps each week!

  • Juancho

    You guys make good counter arguments. Next years qbs


  • Larry

    And there it is! As predicted, he is blaming injuries on his inability to coach:

    “Cal, for the first time all season, devoted a section of its weekly news release to injuries. By the team’s count, 23 players have missed a total of 109 games because of injury, although that includes six who were injured before the season and have totaled 59 missed games.
    Tedford said he’s never had a team with so many injuries.
    “It’d be different if we were having hamstring pulls or those type of things,” he said. “But we’ve had a rash of broken hands, a lot of ankles, a lot of knees.”

  • Larry

    To Post #16…

    Next year will be:

    Doesn’t matter after Boehm.

    Seeing that Kline was given preferance to attend offense meetings and travel with the team to away games instead of running the scout team this season (walk on #14 Keeney’s job), he is being fast tracked to play next season by Tedford. However, Bridgford will be the offseason #1 until Kline is ready. I don’t see Kline being held back by Tedford for too long. Remember Reggie Robertson/Aaron Rodgers? Robinson was a pretty good QB, but Rodgers was an excellent QB. 3rd or 4th game in 2003, Rodgers was starting.

  • rollonubears

    have all the injuries occurred on our new turf? what % of them. could be the problem.

  • Eric


    Re Kline, I think the best evidence is Brett Huntley. UCLA didn’t burn his redshirt, and made sure he got the start at the season against a creampuff, building his confidence. Huntley has been a stud 95% of the season (our game being the only exception).


    Yes, pound the ball. One cannot pound the ball out of a shotgun/spread option set. Why? Because (a) there is no momentum handing off the ball to the RB, who is starting next to the QB, (b) the play almost always has to go as designed (unless it is a read option, which Oregon does exceedingly well and we never have) so the RB has no chance if there is a breakdown in blocking, and (c) there is no FB lead blocking, giving the RB more options which lane to take. You think Cal had good line blocking in 2002 and 2003? You think our RBs were within 5 standard deviations of the talent of Lynch, Vereen, Forsett, Best, or (hopefully) Bigelow? No. But we pound the heck out of the ball.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Whatever the line, the least Tedford can do for us is line our pockets. Bet Oregon beats the spread.

    If Kline’s red shirt is burned, I’ll cut Marsha Clark’s bangs! I swear I’ll do it!

  • covinared

    Juancho: more my Nigel Hufnel to your David St. Hubbins.

  • Mr. B


    You really turned it up to 11 on that one!
    I predict matching mouth sores for you and Juancho.

  • Juancho

    Are those the gentlemen from Spinal Tap ? If so very nicely done.

    And it’s true D minor is the saddest key.

  • Juancho

    “Can you hear the sustain? No don’t touch it. Just listen.”

  • Juancho

    Eric your counter point is accurate if Tedford gets fired and we get a new coach.

    Until that happens I will err on the side that he’s coming back. I just don’t see them firing him this year. I feel like it would have happened already. I think they’re going to ride it out and as soon as the season ends and we go back to our non-football lives all the pressure for the change will be gone.

    Montgomery will save Tedford’s job.

  • Steve W

    In my wildest dreams, I never thought BO would get re-elected based on his track record. I am now beginning to reconsider the possibility that JT will be back next year despite his track record. Think you are right, Juancho. Remember how giddy we were after the UCLA win and how all the fire JT talk subsided? A few weeks into the off-season we’re going to be blogging on how Tedford will fare in the recruiting battles.