The Cal Bears have named transfer Zach Maynard to their starting quarterback position for the 2011-2012 season. The junior transfer from Buffalo was chosen after Cal’s spring practices. The 6’3, 190 pound lefty is expected to bring a dual-threat style to the QB position, something Cal has been missing for awhile. Coach Jeff Tedford had this to say about Maynard…
“Zach showed a tremendous amount of upside during spring practice and is the quarterback that gives us the best opportunity to win football games…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.”
Maynard decided to transfer to Cal after his spending 2009 as the QB for the Buffalo University Bulls. He threw for 2,694 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as his team went 5-7. He decided to transfer after his head coach took the job at Kansas University. The young QB will be throwing to his half-brother, Cal WR Keenan Allen next season and possibly his cousin, Maurice Harris, who is an incoming freshman WR.
I like the decision to go with a dual-threat QB. The quarterback position has been lacking for Cal in the past few seasons, so hopefully Maynard can step in and be a weapon. If he is able to use his legs effectively, look for Cal to compete in the Pac-12.