Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that Zach Maynard's decision to transfer from Buffalo to Cal before the 2010 season was a good one. After sitting out the 2010 season, Maynard entered the spring in a battle to replace Cal quarterback Kevin Riley, and according to a press release from the school on Saturday, it's a competition that Maynard has won.
“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 Cal head coach Jeff Tedford in the release. “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.”
I should point out that Maynard's decision to leave Buffalo for Cal wasn't related to playing time, as Maynard was the starter at Buffalo before he left. No, Maynard's decision came on the heels of Keenan Allen's decision to change his commitment from Alabama to Cal before the 2010 season. Allen, who finished 2010 with 46 receptions for 490 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman, is Maynard's half-brother.
Which I'm pretty sure means that any touchdown thrown from Maynard to Allen this season will be on a route perfected in a front yard or living room a long time ago.