Today we take a look at incoming quarterback recruit Zach Maynard. Keep an eye on him in the near future.
The speedy Maynard, who boasts a "low 4.5" forty time -exceptional for a quarterback- racked up strong all-purpose yards in high school, passing for 1,635 yards and 20 TDs, and rushing for 1,404 yards and 14 more TD's during his senior season at Grimsley, earning all-area and all-conference honors, and leading his team to a league title.
Maynard earned a starting position in his true sophomore year at Buffalo, completing 218 of 379 passes (57.5%) for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with 15 interceptions, while rushing for 455 yards and one TD on the ground, as well.
"At Buffalo, they didn't really have me run the ball," said Maynard. "That's one thing I didn't really like. They didn't let me use my running ability that much. They pretty much just had me in the pocket or rolling out and throwing the ball. I like to pass first, rather than just run, but having some plays designed to run are great, too."
Maynard and Allen are excited to be able to play together at Cal and with both greatly enjoying their visit and all that Cal had to offer both players, it made the decision a relatively easy one for both in the end.
"Keenan's one of the greatest players in the nation in high school and we had a chance to play together my senior year (at Grimsley HS, before Allen transferred to Northern Guilford his junior season). We have a great connection and we've always wanted to play together since we were little.
But not only do Maynard and Allen have the chance to play together but they also will be reunited with good friends Gabe King and Chris McCain at Cal.
"We've been friends for a long time," said Maynard. "Gabe played at Page and they're our rival school and we played against them every year. I've played with those guys since we were little. We always dreamed of playing together later in our careers and now it's a reality for us.
"We can't wait."
After the jump Randle is the Pac-10 player of the week, Ted Miller talks spring practice preparation, rugby yields its first try of the season (but still wins, of course), and more.
- Randle was named the Pac-10 player of the week.
- Lunardi's bracketology forecasts Cal as an 8-seed playing UTexas-El Paso in Milwaukee. The winner would go on to play Kentucky.
- Cal is no. 24 in the CollegeRPI.com rankings and 31st in the Sagarin ratings (with a predicted finish of 15).
Cal Sports Weekend Recap
- Rugby triumphed over Minnesota with a 76-9 win to conclude the Las Vegas invitational. Before that Cal beat Western Washington 99-0 and yielded its first try of the year to San Diego St in a 52-19 win. Rugby has outscored its opponents 947-40 this season.
- No. 2 women's tennis was upset 4-3 by the no. 3 Wildcats of Northwestern at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
- No. 10 women's golf finished second (behind Stanford) at the Peg Barnhard Invitational.
- No. 5 women's swimming and diving finished the season with a 167-131 loss to no. 4 Stanford.
- Mark Matusak set a Cal record by recording a 3:58 mile at this weekend's Husky Classic.