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Why Edsall maintains it's still 3-horse race at QB


Why Edsall maintains it's still 3-horse race at QB

Watch Edsall’s full comments in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

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.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.