COLLEGE PARK -- Quarterback Caleb Rowe was on the sidelines in the third quarter on Saturday against Bowling Green, watching as he saw true freshman wide receiver D.J. Moore grab a short pass from Perry Hills, break away from the defense, and take it 42 yards for a touchdown.
It reminded him of someone.
“D.J. is just so explosive,” Rowe said on Wednesday. “You saw last week on that slant that he caught almost -- I don’t want to say it -- but like Stef-like a little bit.”
Rowe, of course, is referring to former Maryland wide receiver and current Minnesota Viking Stefon Diggs, who played three years for the Terrapins and was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft.
Diggs was most dangerous in space during his college career, much like Moore was during his first career touchdown catch on Saturday.
With the wide receiving corps and the passing game as a whole struggling through two games, that play was enough to push Moore into a starting spot alongside Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs for Saturday's game against South Florida.
Head coach Randy Edsall explained to the media the reason for the change on Tuesday.
“Just the things that I’ve seen him do and knowing that -- and I’ve said this to you guys -- we’ve got to be able to throw the football,” he said.
“Things that I’ve seen out of D.J. in terms of what he’s been able to do fits into those things that we’ve said.”
Moore was a four-star recruit in high school, ranked as the 38th-best wide receiver in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
Kickoff against USF is set for noon on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
NOTE: Edsall commented on one other Moore-related bit Tuesday. In the second half of Saturday’s game, Hills found Moore on the far sideline for what appeared to be a nice leaping grab that would be enough for a first down.
The pass was ruled incomplete, with the officials saying that both of Moore’s feet came down simultaneously, one out of bounds and one inbounds. Even after a review, the play stood.
The drive ended, Maryland punted, and Bowling Green drove 99 yards on the ensuing drive, which began the late scoring snowball that buried the Terrapins.
Edsall said Tuesday that he submitted the play to the conference for review and received a verdict that he expected. The pass should have been ruled a completion.