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Maryland junior quarterback Perry Hills was first in line for snaps at Saturday’s open scrimmage at Byrd Stadium in College Park -- ahead of graduate transfer Daxx Garman and fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe.
It’s part of the ongoing battle for the Maryland starting quarterback job that head coach Randy Edsall maintains is a three-horse race, which he reiterated on Saturday.
“We told everybody it’s a competition,” Edsall said. “And if you ... tell people it’s a competition and then you go and you evaluate everything and it’s right there on paper and you don’t go with what they’ve been doing on the field, then you have credibility problems.
“I think that’s one thing that we don’t have here. When we tell them this is what we’re looking for, this is what we’re going to make decisions based on, then we’ve got to stick to that.”
Translation: The coaching staff was evaluating variables X, Y, and Z (among them "how they handle the huddle, how they handle the line of scrimmage, their production") during training camp. On paper, Hills appeared to check all of those boxes, so that’s what was reflected in Saturday’s scrimmage, with Garman second and Rowe third.
Any deviation from that black-and-white evaluation would mean that the evaluation process isn’t fully merit-based and the open competition wouldn’t be the open competition that it was first thought to be.
“As we continue to move forward, if we think two guys are very close, then we have to make the decision,” Edsall said. “But we base the decision based upon what they did for these first two weeks in practice.”
The quarterbacks themselves seem to echo the sentiment -- or at least the sense of a true open competition.
“All three of us understand our roles and understand it’s not about us,” Rowe said. “It’s about Maryland football and so I don’t think that I’m trying to hinder these guys at all.
“At the end of the day, I want the best quarterback to play and the best quarterback gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”
Garman, likely the most soft-spoken of the group, said something similar.
“I try to come out every day and give 100 percent, give my full effort and put myself out there for this team,” he said. “If I continue to do that, I feel good.”
“[Being the starter] is obviously my goal,” Hills said. “But to tell you the truth I honestly have no clue what [Edsall] is going to do and which direction he’s going to go.”
Edsall had said earlier this week that the staff would evaluate through the weekend in hopes of soon finding a starter to provide continuity to the offense.
Players are off Sunday, which will provide an opportunity to review film from Saturday’s scrimmage and perhaps move them closer to a decision.
Maryland opens the season Sept. 5 against Richmond in College Park.