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Golden Nuggets: Jeff Tedford Previews Spring Ball, Talks Quarterbacks

Yesterday Jeff Tedford held a teleconference with the local media to preview spring practice, which begins a week from today. Tedford covered the entire spectrum of topics and then some, but one of the biggest issues this offseason will be improving consistency at the QB position. Maynard and Bridgford will lead the 1st and 2nd team while Kline start off at the number three role. It sounds like Tedford is giving Kline a chance to work his way up the depth chart (though his chances of supplanting Maynard or Bridgford seem low).

On the chances of Kline being active for the 2012 season

"I have no idea. We'll have to see how everything works out in the spring. He is a true freshman. There are some other guys in front of him who have experience. While he is a gifted guy, I think we have to be careful about putting too much pressure on him. He's a talent and working really hard. I'm glad he's here this spring so he can get some experience under his belt."

On the expectations of Kline
"There's such a thing as putting too much pressure on a kid early. I just want him to come in here, be able to concentrate on what he's doing, process the offense and do his best without all the expectations, especially in this day and age with everybody who has a say in everything in terms of social media. He's a very good player, no doubt about it, but he's got to go through the phases. It's a different game at this level. We'll have to see how it goes, but we don't want to put any undue pressure on him."

On what Zach Maynard needs to work on this spring
"If you take a look at the second half of last year, Zach played really well. If you took the last four [regular-season] games, he completed 68 percent of his passes and had a rating of 154. If you took the UCLA game out, he was at the same type of numbers going back all the way to the Utah game. He really started managing the game well; he let the game come to him. He was smart with the football in terms of not turning it over. He needs to continue to understand the speed of the game. I think he's taken big steps in understanding what we're doing on offense, and now I think through his experience, he understands how to manage the game. When he did that, he played really well for us."

On Maynard's alleged academic issues
"There's nothing there as of now. He's just like anybody else on our team."

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