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Edsall: Former third-string QB leader 'right now' to start

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Edsall: Former third-string QB leader 'right now' to start

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, during a radio appearance on ESPN 980 Monday, said that junior quarterback Perry Hills is the leader to win the starting job, now less than two weeks before the team’s opener on Sept. 5 against Richmond.

“We went into Saturday and then came out after Saturday after we evaluated that and right now Perry is No. 1 with Daxx [Garman] being a very close second and then Caleb [Rowe] would be third right now,” Edsall said.

“The good thing is, guys, that I can always feel good about is we tell the kids up front. We tell them exactly what’s going on. We told them it was going to be a competition. We told them here are the that things we’re going to evaluate through the practices and … they’re going to determine it.”

Hills took snaps with the first team during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, which Edsall maintained was a product of the staff’s evaluation through two weeks of camp.

The junior threw two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice.

For much of the preseason, it appeared the battle was between Garman and Rowe, but Edsall’s decision prior to Saturday’s scrimmage has shifted the race.

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“The one thing that I told all of them yesterday, brought them each in individually, sat them down, told them where they were,” Edsall said, going on to recount his conversations with each player.

“Perry, if you want to stay No. 1 just keep playing that way and doing the things you’re supposed to.

“Daxx, if you want to overtake him, here’s a couple things you need to do.

“Caleb, here’s the things you haven’t done and that you’ve got to pick it up if you want the opportunity.”

Hills has experience as a starter at Maryland. During the 2012 season, which was so plagued by injuries at quarterback that the Terrapins eventually used a linebacker under center, Hills played in seven games. A torn ACL ended his season. 

He completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions that year.

In 2014, with Rowe lost to a season-ending injury and starter C.J. Brown injured against Iowa, Hills entered and completed five of his 10 passes to help Maryland to a win over the Hawkeyes.

“[Winning the starting job is] obviously my goal,” Hills said on Saturday. “Honestly, I think [the competition] makes you better. Having every guy not just sitting there and having the position you pretty much have to fight every day to try and win a spot.”

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

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