About how the team looked:
"They looked fine. We have a long way to go, so I expect we're going to continue to get better. We'll be in pads on Thursday...but we shook some of the rust off yesterday in the weight room. As far as conditioning, they did a nice job during the week off of staying in shape so we didn't have to start from square one."
Who's looked good so far:
"I'm really pleased with the d-line. Richard Rodgers is doing well at tight end as are some of the young linebackers. Jason Gibson had a good day today, so there's quite a few guys. Avery Sebastian is finally healthy, he's been hampered with a hamstring, but he's moving along well and making plays so that's nice to see."
On Maurice Harris:
"Harris probably has the best hands on the team. His thing right now is experience. He's got a good body, good frame, good range, now it's about trying to get experience."
On Zach Kline:
"I'm really impressed with him. He's got a good sense of humor, he's a really good leader. For a young guy to jump in the huddle and have a presence about him, you can tell he carries a lot of confidence. Anytime there's a new guy like that they catch a little bit of flack here and there but he takes it really well. He's a student of the game, he's bright and he really works at it. He's very calms and he's very respectful of the investment the older guys have made. He understands he has a long way to go. He's going to be a great player before it's all said and done."
On Kline picking up the offense:
"(He's picked it up) as quick as anyone (has) as a freshman at this point through spring ba. He's picked it up well and he's just going to continue to grow because he's a student of the game and he works hard at it."
On Allan Bridgford:
"He's had a couple of first team reps. He's very consistent, very knowledgable with what's going on. He's healthy, he's throwing the ball very accurately, he's very smart, he understands what we're doing, and we're really comfortable with him on the field for us."
On Zach Maynard:
"It's night and day (with him) from last spring. Last spring he was scratching his head about what was going to happen. It was a new (for him), it was a brand new offense. Now he has great controll of what's going on, he's got great command, great presence, great composure and you can tell he has a year of experience under his belt....He's focused at practice. The confidence comes with the rest of his teammates and paying a lot of attention to them. This time last year, he was worried about himself, doing the right things, saying the snap count right, (and keeping track of) the 25-second clock. Now he's a real field general and he relates well with the rest of the team."
Running it through the decoder ring: While Tedford's comments about Kline were more voluminous than his comments about Maynard or Bridgford, he's because he was asked considerably more questions about Kline. That being said, while Tedford can be guarded with his comments about incoming freshmen, he's probably been as effusive about Kline as he has about any new arrival that he's had. The only other people I can instantly recall him being this enthusiastic about this early were Marshawn Lynch and Desean Jackson - who were both freaks of nature whose talent was readily apparent the moment they stepped on the field. It's also apparent from Tedford's comments that Maynard's entrenched as the starting quarterback.
On working with a new group of receivers, with Keenan Allen sitting out spring practice and Marvin Jones finishing up last fall.
"It's a totally new group. There are a lot of young guys. We have to stay on them with the plys, the formations, and protections. It's just not the routes. They have to learn and work at a fast rate."
On going through the spring without Allen.
"It's good if it gives the younger guys a chance to showcase their talents. We're going to need them next year so it's good that they're getting the reps now going into summer. Keenan's getting a chance to let his body recover. It would be good to have him out there as far a leadership and the defense getting good looks, but the young guys have to step up....For me it's a lot easier to throw to (Allen) becuseof the type of athlete that he is, but I mean my other guys...Maurice (Harris) is doing a great job, (Jackson) Bouza's doing a great job, all of them aere stepping up. Richard Rodgers is doing a great job as a tight end."
On what he's worked on since last fall.
"The mental game. Dissecting the offense, dissecting the defense and going against teams (while) taking film into consideration. Every week, I'm trying to (improve my) knowledge of the game and making it easier for myself."
Running it through the decoder ring: With most things, the more work you put in, the better you get, and as Maynard begins his second lap as a starting quarterback, he should be more comfortable as his knowledge base and his experience become broader and he's less likely to encounter things for the first time - although many onlookers will reserve judgment until the first time he has to face a tough opponent. With him having missed a couple of sessions due to academics, he was asked how that end of things were going, and he said they were going all right.