COLLEGE PARK -- It won't matter who was second and who was third on last year's quarterback depth chart. It won't matter who was brought into the mix in the offseason from which school with however many starts under their belt.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has laid the groundwork for the merit-based methodology that he intends to use to evaluate his available quarterbacks and it has produced an initial result -- surprising or not what those results might be.
Right now, Perry Hills leads the pack, followed closely by Daxx Garman second, with fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe in third, as Edsall announced Monday during a radio appearance on ESPN 980.
"I don't know who anointed anybody, to tell you the truth," Edsall told the media before practice Tuesday. "Alls I know is anything that has come from the coaching staff as we always said it was going to be a competition and that was known right from the get-go.
"If somebody didn't take that to heart, that's their problem. That's not my problem because, again, this is a results-oriented business and it's the stuff that's there on paper and if you don't go by what you say, you really don't have a whole lot of credibility."
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After the graduation of sixth-year senior C.J. Brown, Maryland has much to figure out at the quarterback position -- not only who will play it but how it will be played.
In 2014, the offense under Brown's watch was heavily based on the read-option. Now, there are three ACL surgeries between these three quarterbacks (two for Rowe, one for Hills) and the fact that one is picking up this offense for the first time as a graduate transfer, Garman.
"That's how you've got to evaluate it. If not, why do you come out and practice?" Edsall said.
"If you come out and practice and all the sudden somebody thinks they got a job and they come out there and they stink it up and they don't work hard and they don't perform, you're going to stick with them and their job? I don't think so."
Edsall said Tuesday that the depth chart would be "pretty much ... decided" going into Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage.