Quarterback Roulette: Maryland Football Starts Big Ten Play


The Maryland Terrapins (2-2) will face off against the #22 Michigan Wolverines (3-1) on this Saturday, October 3rd (Big Ten Network/Big Ten Network 2). This game will be a big test for the Terps as they begin Big Ten conference play.

Maryland has won two games against the likes of the Richmond Spiders and the South Florida Bulls and have lost against Bowling Green and West Virginia.

Slowly but, surely, there seems to be a problem brewing in College Park. In every game, excluding the win over USF, there has been a quarterback change.

Perry Hills, who was Maryland’s original starting quarterback in the 2015 season, has been relegated to 3rd string after posting a stat line of 306 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in two games.

Sep 12, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) prior to the game against the Bowling Green Falcons at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Rowe is now the starter and he has brought a more volatile attack to the Maryland offense. He owns the same amount of touchdowns as Hills (4) and has accumulated more yards with 381 on the season. However, Rowe has more than three times the interceptions that Hills has (9). 

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Daxx Garman is an Oklahoma State transfer and is currently at the rear of the quarterback group. He entered into the game against West Virginia and went 4-for-9 for 86 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception.

The high number of quarterback changes hasn’t been conducive to success for the Terps. Garman has had the most previous success. He transferred to Maryland just before the 2015 season started. The change of scenery seems to have put Garman at any early disadvantage to win the starting job for the Terps.

Nov 15, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Naashon Hughes (40) pressures Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Daxx Garman (12) during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Texas defeated Oklahoma State 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

However, at Oklahoma State, Garman appeared in nine games (eight starts), with 2,041 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. He also led the Cowboys to a postseason game. His experience could be key to success for the Maryland football program.

The Terps must select a quarterback and stick with him if they want to be successful. In terms of experience and poise, Daxx Garman is their guy.

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