Football: Zach Maynard says Keenan Allen is coping well despite drug-test controversy

Former Cal quarterback Zach Maynard said half-brother and first-round NFL draft hopeful Keenan Allen is coping well, despite an ESPN report this week that his drug test at the combine was red-flagged.

“He’s not down at all,” Maynard said Wednesday after participating in the 49ers’ local pro day in Santa Clara. “I guess he was over-hydrated — that’s what they said about it. I don’t know what they’re going to do about it.”

Allen’s agent, J.T. Johnson, maintains the ESPN report is incorrect.

Twelve former Cal players participated in Wednesday’s event, but Allen was not among them. Neither were center Brian Schwenke and defensive back Marc Anthony,

Maynard said he’s not sure what happened in Allen’s situation, but suggested the test could have been faulty.

“It can happen to anybody. I tell him not to get down on himself because he had an amazing pro day,” Maynard said. “The guy’s a high-caliber athlete. He knows what he can do. There’s down times for everybody but he can pull himself out of it.”

Maynard, who missed the final two games of Cal’s season after spraining his knee, said he’s healthy again after a rough stretch of bad fortune. He pulled a hamstring and had to sit out a local combine workout in Tampa, Fla., after working out in Boca Raton for a month-and-a-half.

Then he was in a car accident just days before Cal’s pro day.

“It shook me up. Totaled the car. My nerves were all messed up,” Maynard said.

But he was excited to perform in front of 49ers personnel, including coach Jim Harbaugh.

“It went well. I threw the ball pretty well,” Maynard said. “And I got to rekindle the flame with some of guys when I got here. It was great.”

Maynard said playing in the 49ers offense would be a dream job.

“The offense they have right now with (Colin) Kaepernick is more of a dual-threat kind of offense and I’m a dual-threat quarterback,” he said. “It was a great opportunity for me to come out here and showcase my abilities.

“Just having an opportunity to play at the National Football League level is my biggest deal, having a chance to get into a camp and open up some eyes and let them see what I can do.”

Make no mistake, Maynard is a serious longshot to earn a roster spot in the NFL, and he knows it.

“I definitely feel like an underdog, but I’m not going to take that like a rock on my shoulder. Not at all,” he said.

Asked about how he approaches trying to find a spot in pro football, Maynard said, “Just keep working hard. It’s a steady grind playing football. Every day is another day to work, another day to get better. That’s what I’m going to do.

“This is a business, man. I’m just trying to get a job.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Bill D

    Zach seems like a good young man. That said, any news on his potential graduation from Cal? The degree will come in handy as I saw nothing in two years to indicate any chance of a pro career.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Bill, are you smoking with Keenan? Zach Maynard graduate with a Cal degree? I love your sarcasm!

  • Kotempman

    What a mistake they both were!!!!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Losers, both of them. But at least they got Tedford out! And for that I am VERY grateful…

  • rollonubears

    He’s getting by with a little help from his friends?

  • Bolts

    Allen a loser, Who’s the hootest rookie reciever in the NFL? Keenan Allen is the real deal.