While some will argue that the other component that ties these quarterbacks together (other than Tedford having coached them) is that the majority of these passers failed to live up expecations at the NFL level, it is difficult to pin any of that "blame" on a coach who stopped working with his pupils once they were signed into the professional ranks. Because of Tedford's past success with quarterbacks, there was quiet optimism that he may have found a new diamond in the rough to polish in Maynard, who transferred to Cal after playing the first two seasons of his career at the University of Buffalo.
Maynard earned the starting role as a true sophomore, completing 57.5% of his passes for 2,694 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. After sitting out the 2010 season due to the NCAA's transfer rules, Maynard (who is the half-brother of Cal's star receiver Keenan Allen) emerged as Cal's starter last season.
While he certainly had his rough games (combined seven interceptions vs. rivals USC and UCLA) in his first season with the Golden Bears, Maynard improved as he gained experience, actually raising his QB rating over 100 points over the course of the final four regular season games and finishing with much more palatable numbers than some may have thought, completing 57% of his passes for 2,990 yards and accounting for 21 touchdowns (17 passing) against 12 interceptions.