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The fact that Tedford decided to call Maynard into his office earlier this week and deliver the news _ as opposed to waiting until fall camp _ was only further proof that Cal wants the speedy, elusive quarterback to lead them into what was already a year of change for the program. Besides the opener at Candlestick, Cal will play home games this season across the bay at the San Francisco Giants’ home, AT&T Park, while Memorial Stadium is renovated.

Maynard, who has two years of eligibility remaining, was still coming to grips with the opportunity to shine in the inaugural Pac-12 season.

“I was really excited. Just a huge relief off my shoulders,” Maynard said. “Now I can focus on getting in that film room, weight room and getting better over time.

“I’m not going to take it as I am starting because we have a long way toward the season coming,” he added. “We have summer camp. We have workouts and conditioning right now. So I’ve got to stay on top of everything like I’m not the starter, like I’m working for a job. I’ve got to take it more serious now.”