At the end of last season many of us were interested in watching the quarterback competition to see if Bridgford or Kline could push Maynard for the starting role. Yesterday Maynard proved he was clearly the best QB on the team. Running back, however, could be interesting heading into fall camp as CJ Anderson made the case that he should be getting more carries next season.
"I liked it," Tedford said. "A lot of people did a lot of hard work to get this ready. The kids got excited. ... It was a good way to end spring ball."
The most productive player for either team was Gold running back C.J. Anderson, who had 85 yards on 14 carries and a 15-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter. Anderson, a senior to be, is down 15 pounds from last season and looked quick and explosive.
"It's a mind-set. You want to compete," Anderson said. "That's all we talk about. I've got a year under my belt. Losing weight helped. I'm a lot quicker, a lot faster. I got lazy in the offseason (a year ago) coming here, thinking I was already a man."
The game started well for the Blue squad when Maynard directed a 74-yard drive on six plays that culminated with his 29-yard touchdown pass to his cousin, Harris. Maynard completed 6 of 10 passes for 109 yards, and Harris had seven receptions for 95 yards.
"We've got a lot of young guys who are going to have to step up and be ready to play in the first game," Maynard said. "I think we'll all be ready. It's been a good spring for us."
After the jump we have interviews, photos, and recaps from the spring game, including Dominic Galas' tips for winning the pie-eating contest.
- While Maynard had the best performance at the spring game, Kline marched down the field to give Gold the victory.
- Here's a photo gallery from the game.
- CalBears.com recaps the events from the day, including an interview with Dominic Galas as he shares his strategy for winning the pie-eating contest. Despite the heat it was an impressive turnout, with 8,812 fans watching the spring game.
- BearInsider lists five things we learned this spring. Fortunately most of what we learned is good news.
- Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance John Wilton wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal.
- Cal opened its series against no. 14/18 Oregon with an 8-1 win.
- Oregon bounced back with a 1-0 win over Cal.
- Glen Ishino won the national title on the pommel horse.
- As a team, Cal finished fourth at the NCAA Championships.
- The men's team was swept by no. 1 Washington.
- The women's team avenged their comrades with a sweep over Washington.