COLLEGE PARK -- Oklahoma State quarterback transfer Daxx Garman is not walking into a backup job at Maryland. He's not walking into a starting job necessarily, either.
That much head coach Randy Edsall made clear on Monday at his team's media day in College Park.
"One thing is that I didn't bring anybody in here to be an insurance policy," Edsall said. "We bring people in here because we feel that they can compete and start and help us win in the Big Ten."
Garman, instead, will compete with fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe for the right to start in the program's Sept. 5 opener against Richmond. Edsall also says junior Perry Hills will be in the mix.
For Garman, there were surely opportunities at schools where he could have been handed the job as a starter. But the graduate transfer says it was a series of conversations with Edsall that convinced him to come to College Park.
"When we talked about the position, he said, 'You come to compete every day,'" Garman recalled. "That's what I came here to do.
"I feel like Maryland's on the uprise, you know, joining the Big Ten they're playing in one of the Big 5 conferences. It's a great environment and the coaches here are incredible and I really enjoy being around them and spending time learning and trying to pick their brain and pick up on different things."
Regardless of his fate as a starter or backup in 2015, Rowe will be with the Maryland program in 2016 as well. Because he has missed the majority of two seasons with injuries including another knee injury last season, he was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA. It is the same waiver that gave former Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown a sixth year of eligibility.
That doesn't put plans on hold, though.
"I want to play right now. I don't want to wait. I want to play right away," Rowe told CSN. "It feels good to have [the extra year] in my back pocket, but it's about this season."
"It's not an insurance policy at all," Edsall reiterated. "[Garman] is here to compete just like Perry [Hills] is going to compete and Caleb knows he's got to compete. So I think that's a healthy situation."