Allan Bridgford recently spoke to Moraga Bear about his decision to transfer from Cal. It's a lengthy interview and he expresses frustration with decisions from both coaching staffs. He's surprisingly candid, though he may be viewing his own performances through golden sunglasses (who can blame him, though?).
In limited opportunities to observe the quarterback competition, with most of the spring and fall practices closed to the public as well as media, it appeared to many that Bridgford shined brightest during spring practice in 2011 as opposed to last spring, however the senior quarterback clearly feels differently.
"Actually, I think my second spring was better," said Bridgford. "I'd say I was night and day better the second one, actually.
"I might have had a rough day or two when you guys were able to see us but the second spring, the only practices Maynard was at were the three Saturday practices. I took all the other starting reps in the other practices and was doing really well. I wss really confident then and thought I might end up starting. But once the games started, it was all him and I wasn't really doing much so that was kind of tough. I felt like I'd earned the job in the spring and fall.
With Maynard's departure after 2012, Bridgford hoped for the opportunity to retain the starting job he inherited after Maynard went down to a season-ending injury late last season but it became clear early that new head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin were going in another direction.
"I just felt that if I stuck around, I wasn't going to get a fair shot to show what I could do just based on what was going on the first few practices," said Bridgford.
"If I had the chance to get enough reps and get in a rhythm and get going, I feel like they would've seen that I was the best guy. But it really evens things out for the other guys when in four practices, I only get limited reps in two. If they're younger, they want to see what they can do and it really benefits the younger guy rather than me.
"I guess you can say that I just wasn't given enough of a chance to see what I can do, you know?," said Bridgford. "But at the same time, I completely respect all the other quarterbacks and think they're all good players."
Best of luck, Bridg.
- A surprise to many, Kyle Boehm was much more involved with the offense on Wednesday. He lined up as inside receiver and ran plays out of the wildcat. Hinder spent some time at inside receiver and running back.
- Fans are invited to the women's team's NCAA Selection Show watch party Monday afternoon at the Memorial Stadium Field Club. Stick around afterwards to catch the tail end of the football practice.
- Remember when Cal started the year 1-2? Neither do I. The Bears now have a 20-game winning streak after defeating no. 19/15 Baylor 3-0.
- Cheyenne Cordes was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Jolene Henderson was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week as the Bears swept this week's awards.