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Terps Practice Report 8.18.15: QB battle continues

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Terps Practice Report 8.18.15: QB battle continues

COLLEGE PARK -- Below is the practice report for Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, the second time this preseason that the media have been allowed to openly observe Maryland practices. Take a look.

Sticking to the QB plan -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall reiterated on Monday that he is sticking to his initial timetable regarding the impending decision about who will start at quarterback in the season opener against Richmond.

Edsall continues to mention three players in the mix -- Daxx Garman, Caleb Rowe, and Perry Hills -- but it appears more and more likely that the race is down to two, Garman and Rowe.

“We got time to be able to make a decision,” Edsall told the media Tuesday in College Park. “I always believe that the guys will determine what the decision is.”

Stay tuned to CSN for more on the quarterback battle, including a full QB report, Tuesday morning.

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“Too soon” -- With the quarterback position and other position battles, Edsall says he doesn’t want to make a decision “too soon” and instead allow players to sort it out themselves with their play on the field.

Offensive Play of the Day

In a short-yardage situation near the goal line, Garman found wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on an out route toward the sideline for a score.

Maryland ranked 108th in the nation last season in red zone scoring percentage at just 72 percent (17 TDs and 6 FGs on 32 drives). If the short passing game becomes an option down deep, it could help that percentage rise.

Defensive Play of the Day

On a slant across the middle toward the end of practice, Garman delivered a nice ball in a spot that appeared only the wide receiver could get to it.

But there was cornerback Sean Davis, getting a hand in the way on a nice job of coverage to bat it away.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.