2015 NFL DRAFT

Zach Maynard, QB

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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11/08/2012 - Zach Maynard, Cal's starting quarterback the past two seasons, left the practice field Tuesday morning riding on a cart with a brace immobilizing his left knee. Hardly an encouraging scenario with No. 2 Oregon, the nation's highest-scoring team, coming to town Saturday. Injured four days earlier against Washington, Maynard's status for Cal's home finale remains iffy. "I have no idea," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. An MRI showed no ligament damage to Maynard's knee, but there no timetable on when he might resume practicing. So junior Allan Bridgford is being prepped to start while Maynard rehabs. "It's totally dependent on how he's moving, what he feels like," Tedford said of Maynard. "It's kind of out of our control." The Bears are saying all the right things about Bridgford, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Mission Viejo. In his two significant stints this season -- against Nevada in the opener and Friday against Washington -- Bridgford is 4 for 16 for 32 yards. This week, he gets reps with the first team for the first time. "That'll definitely help. He's never had that," center Brian Schwenke said. "That first week against Nevada, we didn't even know he was playing until the night before." Maynard was benched at the start of the Nevada game after missing a tutoring session early in the summer. - Jeff Faraudo, The Oakland Tribune

10/07/2012 - QB Zach Maynard threw an interception on his first pass attempt of the game, but then went 25-for-29 the rest of the way for four touchdowns and no more picks.

09/30/2012 - QB Zach Maynard was 9 for 28 against Arizona State, dropping his season completion percentage from 63.4 to 55 percent. Last season, he completed 57 percent of his passes.

09/23/2012 - QB Zach Maynard twisted his ankle on the Bears' final offensive play, but he probably will start against Arizona State.

09/16/2012 - QB Zach Maynard was 26 for 37 for 280 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Through three games, he's completed 64.5 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and two picks, much better numbers than last season.

09/14/2012 - How effective Cal is in its no-huddle offense will be critical. The stepped-up pace seems to fit Zach Maynard's personality, especially if it leads to some broken-play situations in which he gets outside the pocket. He has been more accurate on the run than standing in the pocket. If the no-huddle offense sputters, though, it will allow the Ohio State offense to stay on the field a long time, giving the Buckeyes a chance to overwhelm Cal with its ground game. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Zach Maynard -- The Bears need him to be the player he was in the final two regular-season games of last season, when he went 39-for-55 (70.9 percent) for 517 yards, three TDs and no interceptions against Stanford and Arizona State. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - Cal's performance in its first two games suggest the Golden Bears (1-1) have little chance to win its Sept. 15 game against Ohio State - which is the Bears' first road game and first game against a ranked opponent. Quite simply, the Golden Bears have played poorly in both games - losing to a Nevada team that subsequently lost at home to South Florida and leading FSC team Southern Utah by just three points entering the fourth quarter before walking away with an unsatisfying 50-31 victory. It's safe to say the Golden Bears did not get the confidence boost they needed from that game. Cal would have to reduce its penalties significantly and get the best game of the season - perhaps career - from quarterback Zach Maynard for Cal to be in contention in the fourth quarter in a stadium filled with more than 100,000 Ohio State fans. Maynard has been OK in the Bears' first two games, but he has not continued the improvement he showed late last season when it appeared he might turn into an elite quarterback. He needs to play the way he did in the final two regular-season games last season, against Stanford and Arizona State. If he does that, the Golden Bears can stay in the game, because the Buckeyes' defense has been vulnerable against the pass, both last season and this year. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2012 - QB Zach Maynard was 17-for-23 for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 39 yards. Through two games, Maynard has completed 34-of-53 passes for a respectable 64.2 percent with three TDs and one pick. The interception was made by a Southern Utah defensive end who blocked a Maynard pass in the backfield while on a pass rush and was able to grab it.

09/06/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Zach Maynard -- The Bears need him to be more consistent than he was against Nevada, because he is the key to Cal's success this season. Jeff Tedford may try to use him more on planned running plays. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - Cal did not announce until shortly before the kickoff that quarterback Zach Maynard would not start the game against Nevada, although coach Jeff Tedford said later that the decision had been made in June. Maynard was held out of the starting lineup because he had missed a tutoring session. Allan Bridgman started instead and played the first three series, going 1-for-8 for 9 yards. When Maynard entered the game, Cal trailed 7-0. C.J. Anderson, not Isi Sofele, was the starting tailback, giving the Bears a surprising starting backfield. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Anytime you come into the game a little cold and not knowing when you're going to come into the game, it takes the rhythm away from you a little bit." -- Cal quarterback Zach Maynard, on being held out of the starting lineup. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - Cal quarterback Zach Maynard started the game on the bench, because he had missed a tutoring session, then played just an average game. He is the key to Cal's success this season, and the Bears need him to continue the improvement he showed in the second half of last season. It didn't happen in the opener. He did not throw any interceptions, but he was just 17-for-30 and did not provide the expected running threat. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - California quarterback Zach Maynard is not starting the season opener against Nevada because he missed a tutoring appointment earlier in the summer. Cal made the announcement shortly before kickoff on Saturday. Maynard is expected to play in the first game at the renovated Memorial Stadium. Allan Bridgford will start in Maynard's place against the Wolf Pack. - AP Sports

08/08/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: QB Zach Maynard must be efficient, completing a high percentage of passes and minimizing his interceptions. He completed 57 percent with 12 interceptions last year, and he has to improve significantly in both categories for Cal to challenge for a division title. These days, a 57-percent completion rate is simply not good enough. If he can improve those numbers sufficiently, it will help the Bears' running game, which figures to be potent if opposing defenses are forced to respect the pass. The Bears also need to develop an outside receiving threat opposite Keenan Allen, so defenses cannot focus on him. Defensively, the pressure is on the inside linebackers and Josh Hill, who will be the mainstay at safety after both starting safeties from last year departed. Cal's 3-4 defense depends on applying pressure and making big plays, and the players that produced 19 of Cal's 34 sacks a year ago are gone. Somebody must become a big-play defender to replace those losses. Cal must survive the first four games without being disgraced. If the Bears can come out of it 2-2, they should be OK, and if they manage to be 3-1, the season could be promising. - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT CALIFORNIA PLAYER: QB Zach Maynard - The quarterback is the most important player on any team, but that's particularly the case for Cal. He played poorly the first eight games of last season, and the Golden Bears' results showed it. He improved dramatically in the latter stages of the season and so did the Golden Bears, who won three of their last four regular-season games, losing only to Stanford in a close game in that span. He threw 10 interceptions in the first eight games, but in the last four (plus one in the bowl game against Texas). He also provides a vital running threat out of the option, and you can expect to see the Bears use Maynard as a runner more this season. If he gets hurt, the Bears' season will go south in a hurry, because his backups leave a lot to be desired. - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2012 - Cal's key is the play of QB Zach Maynard. Much of the recent decline of Cal football correlates with poor play by its quarterback, which comes as a surprise to those who had considered Tedford one of the game's top quarterback coaches. Maynard improved dramatically over the course of last season, and the Golden Bears improved as a team with him. Before a mediocre performance in the Holiday Bowl loss to Texas, Cal won three of its final four regular-season games, its only loss in that stretch being a three-point defeat on the road to national power Stanford. For Cal to exceed the fourth-place finish predicted for the Bears in the Pac-12 North, Maynard will have to have an outstanding season, passing and rushing. TB Isi Sofele (1,322 rushing yards last season) and his backup, C.J. Anderson, should provide a running threat behind an adequate offensive line. The Bears' turnaround last season paralleled the team's increased reliance on its running game. But the concern is the passing game. WR Keenan Allen provides all-American-caliber talent at one spot, assuming he is completely recovered from offseason ankle surgery, and Richard Rodgers has the potential to be something special at tight end. Allen's health, Rodgers' inexperience and the lack of a proven wide receiver opposite Allen may make things difficult for Maynard. Maynard must exhibit the good decision-making he had late last season, while adding the running threat that he showed occasionally last season but figures to use more in 2012. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2012 - Top-five California prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. QB Zach Maynard...Though he's since proven to be a cultivator of talent at virtually every position on the field, Tedford initially made his name as a developer of quarterbacks. His star pupil, of course, was Aaron Rodgers but Tedford also coached several other first round signal-callers, including Trent Dilfer and David Carr while at Fresno State, Akili Smith and Joey Harrington while at Oregon and Kyle Boller to go along with the reigning NFL MVP during his time at Cal. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2012 - Top-five California prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. QB Zach Maynard...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. To be clear, Maynard currently lacks the frame NFL scouts are looking for at the quarterback position and must improve significantly in his decision-making and overall ball placement. He is a mobile athlete capable of keeping the defense honest and boasts a surprisingly strong arm. Should he continue his improvement this season, don't be surprised if NFL teams give the latest Tedford project a strong look. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/28/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Zach Maynard will be the difference in whether Cal wins or loses its bowl game. Quarterback play is key or every team, but the up-and-down season of Maynard makes him particularly important. He will need to be at his best against Texas' strong pass defense. The Longhorns do it with good pass coverage rather than a pass rush, so Maynard should have enough time to be productive, but he can't afford to make mistakes. Through the first eight games, he played poorly, and coach Jeff Tedford considered benching him after he threw four interceptions in the loss to UCLA. But partly because Tedford had no better alternative, he stuck with Maynard, who has played well ever since. More important, he has played better in each succeeding game. His best game of the season was the three-point loss to Stanford in Game 11, when his numbers were better than those of Andrew Luck. But he played even better in the Bears' final game against Arizona State. He also provides a running threat Cal has not had in a quarterback under Tedford. Whether the layoff will stall Maynard's momentum will be key. - The Sports Xchange

12/28/2011 - Scouting the Cal passing game: The Bears' passing game has improved more than its running game over the course of the season, and that's because QB Zach Maynard has improved significantly over the second half of the season. The Bears have two outstanding wide receivers in all-conference selection Keenan Allen, and three-year starter Marvin Jones, but the key has been Maynard. He played poorly through the first eight games, when he completed just 53.4 percent of his passes with 10 interceptions and 12 touchdown passes. But in the final four games, he completed 68.1 percent of his passes with just one interception and five touchdowns. He played particularly well in the final two regular-season games against Stanford and Arizona State. Maynard is still a ways from being among the top Pac-12 quarterbacks, but he's much better than he was. He needs to play like a star against Texas, which has the best pass defense Cal has faced this season. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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11/08/2012 - Zach Maynard, Cal's starting quarterback the past two seasons, left the practice field Tuesday morning riding on a cart with a brace immobilizing his left knee. Hardly an encouraging scenario with No. 2 Oregon, the nation's highest-scoring team, coming to town Saturday. Injured four days earlier against Washington, Maynard's status for Cal's home finale remains iffy. "I have no idea," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. An MRI showed no ligament damage to Maynard's knee, but there no timetable on when he might resume practicing. So junior Allan Bridgford is being prepped to start while Maynard rehabs. "It's totally dependent on how he's moving, what he feels like," Tedford said of Maynard. "It's kind of out of our control." The Bears are saying all the right things about Bridgford, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Mission Viejo. In his two significant stints this season -- against Nevada in the opener and Friday against Washington -- Bridgford is 4 for 16 for 32 yards. This week, he gets reps with the first team for the first time. "That'll definitely help. He's never had that," center Brian Schwenke said. "That first week against Nevada, we didn't even know he was playing until the night before." Maynard was benched at the start of the Nevada game after missing a tutoring session early in the summer. - Jeff Faraudo, The Oakland Tribune

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