Maryland head coach Randy Edsall specifically made mention in his statement announcing the addition of graduate transfer Daxx Garman that the former Oklahoma State Cowboy will come to College Park with every intention of competing for the starting job.
Here are five reasons why it makes sense to bring in a player like Garman:
1) C.J. Brown is gone
It’s the most obvious. After nearly two decades under center (kidding) C.J. Brown has graduated. At its most basic level -- regardless of an opinion about overall production -- that means you have to replace a player who has started for your program the last two years.
Brown was a leader and a veteran and now that void needs to be filled.
2) Caleb Rowe, the presumed starter, missed spring practice...
Rowe, the rising senior, sat out spring practice as he continued to recover from ACL surgery. Though it could have been a key developmental time to get up to speed with a receiving corps that is losing two NFL players, injuries kept him out.
3) ….which gave Edsall a chance to evaluate his backup options
Edsall experimented during the spring, giving reps to both Shane Cockerille and Perry Hills as Rowe sat out with that injury.
During the period, there was likely an evaluation made and it was determined that more depth at the position was necessary. Incoming 2015 freshman Gage Shaffer, a 6-7 prospect from West Virginia, will be an additional player on the depth chart.
4) Lingering injury concerns
It’s not just that Rowe missed spring practice as he continued to recover, but this is the second knee injury of his career at Maryland.
In what is a pivotal year in Edsall’s tenure, if Rowe were to win the starting job but get injured again and miss significant time, a player who has proven he can start in a major conference is a better safety net than two players with limited career starts.
5) The timing lines up
Rowe was granted an injury waiver by the NCAA, so he will be in College Park not only this season, but in 2016 as well. Garman is now a player who will compete to start and at the very least give you a backup with starting Power 5 experience for one year.
Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. is scheduled to be on campus in 2016, which means he will either compete for the starting job or be a backup to Rowe during Rowe's final year of eligibility.