Nearly 16 months after abruptly announcing he was transferring from Buffalo and ultimately winding up at Cal, and after sitting out the 2010 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Zach Maynard has officially become Kevin Riley‘s successor under center at Cal.
Following a spring-long battle that included Brock Mansion, Allan Bridgford and the since-departed Beau Sweeney, head coach Jeff Tedford announced Saturday that Maynard, the press release states, will be the team’s starting quarterback heading into the 2011 season. The wording in the release seems to indicate that the battle for the starting job has ended and will not resume in summer camp.
“Zach showed a tremendous amount of upside during spring practice and is the quarterback that gives us the best opportunity to win football games,” said Tedford. “He has the ability to both throw and run the ball effectively, giving us another dimension at that position that we haven’t had in a while.”
“I’m excited and honored to have been named the starting quarterback at Cal,” said Maynard. “I enjoyed competing for the job with some excellent competitors during spring practice and will continue to work hard to keep the starting role. I have an excellent opportunity to help lead this football team and plan to take full advantage of it.”
Maynard started 11 of the 12 games in which he played in 2009 for the Bulls before deciding to transfer from the school in January of 2010. Maynard’s decision to head to Cal became a “package deal” after five-star recruit Keenan Allen, who is the QB’s half-brother, flipped his commitment from Alabama to the Golden Bears when it was learned there was no room for his relative in the Tide’s ’10 recruiting class.
As a true freshman, Allen led the Golden Bears in receiving touchdowns with five, and finished second in receptions (46) and receiving yards (490). Now, the second half of the package is apparently delivering as well.
Incidentally, the release stated that the senior Mansion and sophomore Bridgford would be listed as co-No. 2’s on the post-spring depth chart.