As Maryland prepares for Bowling Green, the program’s scout team does its best to simulate what the upcoming opposition does in an attempt to get the starters ready for Saturday.
For the scout team offense, that means running the spread and, as reflected by his winning the Scout Team Player of the Week, Maryland freshman quarterback Gage Shaffer shined.
“Did a good job of running Bowling Green’s offense this week against the defense,” head coach Randy Edsall said during a conference call on Thursday. “That’s how those guys get it.
“Whether [fellow Scout Team Players of the Week Melvin Keihn or Milan Barry-Pollack], the guys do the best job of simulating or perfecting and giving the other side of the ball -- the first team offense and second teams -- the best look.”
Shaffer, a 6-7 native of Short Gap, West Virginia, drew a good deal of praise when he signed with Maryland back in the spring when he likened him to NFL veteran Dan Orlovsky.
Orlovsky played for Edsall at Connecticut and has gone on to play a decade in the league.
As for Shaffer, the quarterback outlook going forward is as follows:
Caleb Rowe will have one more season after 2015 after receiving an injury waiver from the NCAA. Perry Hills will also be eligible for one more year, 2016. Graduate transfer Daxx Garman will have exhausted his eligibility.
Highly touted local quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be on campus in 2016 and he should compete for the starting spot out of the gate.