Jan. 18, 2013
BERKELEY - Former Cal quarterback Zach Maynard and defensive lineman Kendrick Payne will be playing in upcoming college all-star games, joining five other 2012 Cal seniors previously announced who will also be playing in upcoming cgames or have already played in contests.
Maynard is on the Stars roster for the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic to be played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., this Saturday, Jan. 19 (2 p.m. CT/Noon PT, CBS Sports Network). Payne is on the Texas squad for the Texas vs the Nation contest scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 (1:30 p.m. CT/11:30 a.m. PT, FOX Sports Southwest) at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Tex.
Maynard needed only two seasons at Cal from 2011-12 after transferring from Buffalo to finish among the school's all-time leaders in passer efficiency rating (128.36, 8th), 250-yard passing games (8, T9th), passing yards (5204, 10th) and total offense yards (5350, 10th). He started all 13 games in his 2011 junior season to help the Golden Bears to a 7-6 overall record and an appearance in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl by completing 231-of-405 (57.0%) passes for 2,990 yards to rank third on Cal's all-time single-season list in the latter. He also threw for 17 TD's that were one outside the school's single-season top-10 list. His 3,098 yards of total offense that included the addition of 108 rushing yards were also third on the school's single-season list. He played in 10 games with nine starts in 2012 before an injury ended his season and collegiate career early. He completed 180-of-296 (60.8%) passes for 2,214 yards, with 12 touchdowns and a career-high 130.26 passer efficiency rating.
Payne had a career and team-high-tying 3.5 sacks (-18 yards) in 2012, while adding a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards) among his career-high 28 tackles in 11 games and a career-high eight starts. He played in 48 games in his career with 16 starts, compiling career totals of 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), 6.5 sacks (-35 yards), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
Other former Cal players scheduled to participate in upcoming college all-star games later this month include Isi Sofele at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m. PT, ESPN2, WatchESPN.com), as well as cornerback Marc Anthony and offensive lineman Brian Schwenke at the Senior Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. CT/1 p.m. PT, NFL Network).
Sofele also previously played in the Casino del Sol All-Star Game on Jan. 11 along with former Cal teammates defensive back Josh Hill and defensive lineman Aaron Tiptoi.