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May 14, 2011BERKELEY -- In what was perhaps the worst-kept secret of the California football team's spring session, today head coach Jeff Tedford officially confirmed that junior Zach Maynard will be the team's starting quarterback when the Bears enter fall camp on Aug. 6.
"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."
Maynard -- the half-brother of standout wide receiver Keenan Allen -- will finally get to sling the pigskin to his younger sibling on Saturdays, something the two of them have dreamed of their entire lives.
"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 had to sit out last season to become eligible after transferring from Buffalo, accepting a scholarship offer to play with his younger brother. He has two years of eligibility remaining at Cal.
In his 2009 sophomore campaign, Maynard played in all 12 games -- starting 11 -- and completed 218-of-379 passes (57.5 percent) for 2,694 yards and 18 touchdowns, though he did throw 15 interceptions, something he's shown a propensity to do during the spring, as well.
Maynard was also the Bulls' third-leading rusher with 300 yards on 87 carries and one touchdown on the ground.
Sophomore Allan Bridgford and senior Brock Mansion will be co-listed at No. 2 on the team's post-spring depth chart.