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Last year, Maynard just missed the 3,000 yard passing club, finishing at 2,990. Undeniably an upgrade over Kevin Riley, Maynard still showed deficiencies in his mechanics and decision making last season.
At times Maynard was indecisive on his passes or hesitant on his scrambles out of the pocket.
By the end of the season however, he showed great poise, playing extremely effectively in his final two regular season games.
In last season's Big Game at the hostile Stanford Stadium, Maynard threw 20/29 for 280 yards and two TDs in a near upset over Andrew Luck's Cardinal.
In his next game, Maynard went 19/26 for 237 yards and a touchdown in a 47-38 shootout win at Arizona State.
More familiar with his playbook and a year under his belt, expect Maynard to deliver better than his 57 percent completion percentage.
Matt Barkley and Keith Price have established themselves as elite Pac-12 quarterbacks. With more maturity and better patience, Maynard could enter that class with a stellar 2012 season.