Maryland Football: There’s No Answer at Quarterback for Terps


Oct 3, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Daxx Garman (18) is sacked by Michigan Wolverines defensive end Mario Ojemudia (53) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland football team had an interesting dilemma on their hands heading into the 2015-16 season, with their three-way quarterback competition. The sad reality for Randy Edsall is that none of those guys are the answer to the problem. The answer does not exist on the Terps’ roster.

The Terps are struggling and it’s in large part, due to their woes at the quarterback position. Each of the quarterbacks on the roster have had their shot, but have all been less than stellar.

First, it was Perry Hills. Hills was the starter to begin the season, after being the most impressive of the three in camp. He hasn’t played since Week 2 after being benched in the loss to Bowling Green. Through those two games, he completed 27-of-51 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns to two interceptions. Those numbers don’t appear to be all that bad, but he was unable to make a lot of the key throws.

Junior Caleb Rowe took over for Hills. He got his first start of the season against South Florida. He  made some good plays, but he also made plenty of bad ones. He finished the day, having went 21-of-33 for 297 yards and four touchdowns. But things were far from rosy, as he threw three interceptions. Rowe also fumbled twice, but luckily the Terps recovered both times. The struggles became worse in the two weeks that followed. Rowe mustered up just 114 yards in the past two games. He threw not one touchdown, but managed to give seven away to the other team. He has 12 interceptions on the season. 

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Rowe was absolutely abysmal, leading Edsall to turn to Daxx Garman, the Oklahoma State transfer. Unfortunately for Garman, however, he’s only come into the game once the damage has already been done. For the season, he’s only 6-of-18 for one touchdown and one interception. Perhaps, if given the start, he could perform better. But, let’s not hold our breath.

It hasn’t totally been the quarterbacks’ fault though. The offensive line hasn’t performed well against stiffer competition and the running game has been ineffective at times throughout the season. To make a long story short, Maryland just isn’t very good.

The inefficiency of the rest of the team doesn’t completely absolve these quarterbacks of blame. Simply put, they must play better. It remains to be seen if that’s even possible right now. The schedule only gets tougher as the Terps are in the midst of conference play.

Edsall should give Garman a start, just so he is given his fair shake. Things can’t get much worse, right? Don’t expect Garman to be the savior either.

The answer to Maryland’s quarterback conundrum is not currently on the roster. They will have to wait for the arrival of Dwayne Haskins Jr. next season.

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