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Maryland QB Report: 'Not every throw you make is life or death'


Maryland QB Report: 'Not every throw you make is life or death'

COLLEGE PARK -- Tuesday marked Maryland’s second practice of the preseason that was open to the media, meaning the second chance to get a look at the quarterback battle between, mainly, Daxx Garman and Caleb Rowe.

Here is the latest.

Evaluating Daxx Garman

Garman took snaps with the first team on Tuesday, which was a departure from the plan on Friday when different quarterbacks took snaps with different teams.

He started slowly, unable to complete his first three passes and throwing an interception on a deep ball to the near corner of the end zone that was picked off by safety A.J. Hendy.

“I’ve just got to come out and start strong,” Garman said, going on to explain the reason for his interception. “It’s just a Hail Mary. We’re just trying to throw it into the end zone, give the guy a chance to go up and get a jump ball.”

Garman would settle down after that, thanks mostly to a shift to shorter passes -- into the flat, on screens, and on short slants. That included a touchdown pass in a red zone situation to Amba Etta-Tawo.

Of the two quarterbacks, Garman was the only one Tuesday to get snaps in zone-read schemes, which could still remain part of the offense despite the shift in quarterback styles from last year’s starter, C.J. Brown, to either Garman or Rowe.


Evaluating Caleb Rowe

Rowe did not have the best day on Friday, the last time practice was open to the media, and admittedly some issues persisted into Saturday.

But by Tuesday, Rowe said, he felt like some of the technical and mechanical issues he encountered last week had been ironed out and that he was “feeling more comfortable.”

“I didn’t have a great day on Saturday and I’m able to accept that,” Rowe told CSN. “But I come back out here and I just get better, work hard.

“I don’t even worry about the competition. I’m just trying to be the best quarterback I can be and at the end of the day, if that doesn’t work out, that doesn’t work out.”

Rowe, too, threw an interception. It was one of two by sophomore cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu. He would settle into the short game, as Garman did, and end up with a nice completion percentage and no additional turnovers.

What Randy Edsall Is Saying

Edsall stressed that he would let the week play out before making a final decision on the starting quarterback and other hotly contested spots. By doing that, he said, he would avoid making a decision “too soon.”

“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,” Edsall said.

“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.

“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,” he continued.

“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 [Hills] is there.”

For Rowe, he tells CSN that the longer view of the position battle is something of a relief.

“It gives a little bit of relief knowing that not every throw you make is life or death,” he said. “It’s more a body of work.”

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.


Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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