How did you rate the play of the Cal quarterbacks you saw in the Spring game? Here is my take, for what it is worth:
Zach Maynard: Seemed more confident and relaxed, and did fairly well throwing the ball and making decisions.
Allan Bridgford: Made some good throws, and made some bad ones. He made some bad decisions, and he doesnít seem to throw very accurately when rolling out. Had some passes knocked down. He still has a longer release time than you would like.
Zach Kline: Very impressive for a first look. Very quick release. I loved that throw where he stepped up into the pocket and hit the receiver over the top, right in stride. Others might have thrown a floater, and that would have given the DBís a chance to get to it. He was very accurate while rolling right and passing on the run. He makes quick decisions, and it was always seemed to be the right one. I was particularly impressed when he rolled out, and when everyone was covered, he threw the ball away, instead of forcing a high risk pass, which is what we usually saw from recent Cal QBís. Iíd like to see how he looks rolling left.
Kyle Boehm: To be fair, he seemed to get more than his fair share of bad snaps, both low and high, and with his height, it is difficult to field the ankle-high snaps. He made one nice throw to Harris, but otherwise he seemed a little rattled, and made some bad decisions. He looks like a big strong kid who is still maturing. A bit of a project.
Austin Hinder: After wearing the headset and sending in signals for the entire first half, I didnít think they would put him in for meaningful minutes. When they did put him in, I was very impressed. He has mobility, can roll right or left, and I was surprised with how much zip he can put on the ball when rolling left. He was very accurate throwing the ball, and nearly won the game for his side. I saw no bad decisions.
In conclusion, we have some real talent in this group. Under many coaches, Maynard would be in a real fight to keep this job. Maynard was rated 59th of 100 QBís in passing efficiency by the NCAA, and 40th by ESPN. He is rated 10th of 12 QBís in the PAC12. Last year, Cal only played 4 very good teams, and Maynard played poorly against all but Stanford. His other good games came against the weaker opponents. He did not improve much from his last year at Buffalo. To me, he just seemed rattled out there in the big games, and rattled in pressure situations. With a year in the PAC12 under his belt, he should improve, but will it be enough? Tedford doesnít have much of a hook. He picks a QB to start the season, and barring injury or calamity, sticks with him all the way. If it were me, and Kline doesnít have a clear edge by the end of Fall camp, Iíd start Maynard. If he does not do well in the first two games, Iíd have a short leash on him in the Ohio State game, and if Maynard falters, Kline goes in there, with Hinder as his backup. This is all based on what I saw in the Spring game, but boy, I sure liked what I saw from Kline and Hinder.