COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is still evaluating who he wants to start at quarterback in his team’s season opener against Richmond on Sept. 5 -- either fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.
“We got time to be able to make a decision,” Edsall told the media Tuesday in College Park. “I always believe that the guys will determine what the decision is.”
He and his staff entered the week with a plan and it appears they will stick to it, evaluating the quarterback position and others through the week, including Saturday’s scrimmage before making a final decision.
That time will include one practice on Monday, two on Tuesday, one on Thursday, two on Friday, and Saturday’s open scrimmage.
“I don't want to make decisions too soon and I want the guys to decide who's going to be out there,” Edsall said generally of team-wide position battles.
“Because we'll get to a point where if they don't decide it based on what they're doing, then that's a call that myself and the coaches will have to make with that. That's why we're just kind of going through the things we need to do and moving some guys around and looking at them at certain positions.”
“Certain positions” doesn’t necessarily mean dramatic position shifts, but more rotating who takes reps with the first, second, and third teams.
Garman took snaps with the first team on Monday. Rowe was with the first team on Sunday. The third QB in the mix, Perry Hills, was with the first team during morning practice.
“It's just a matter of making sure that you're doing the right thing and just seeing all the things you need to do,” Edsall said.
“We don't play for two weeks, but it's like anything else. You'd like to see guys just jump ahead of other people and you know sometimes it's hard.
“Caleb hadn't practiced in the spring coming off that ACL. Daxx came in as a transfer and still trying to learn, get comfortable with everything and then Perry is there.”
Check back to CSN for more Monday at the conclusion of practice, including a full quarterback report and more from Edsall.