COLLEGE PARK -- It took less than two games for Maryland head coach Randy Edsall to call an audible on his training camp starter, junior quarterback Perry Hills, and insert senior Caleb Rowe.
If things don’t go well again, don’t be surprised if there is another change.
“I didn’t say that we were going to do a two-week or two-game experiment -- not experiment, but, you know, look at Perry for two games,” Edsall said Tuesday. “It’s something that I just saw and we saw as an offensive staff that we felt.
“It’s not personal or anything along those lines. It’s just things that we saw and who we feel we are as an offense in terms of what we have to be able to do.”
The concern in needing to replace Hills with Rowe was the fact that Maryland’s offense had stalled without the threat of a deep ball in the offensive toolbox.
Rowe ideally fixes that, but the concern now is turnovers. The senior is something of a gunslinger, as offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reminded us this week. That’s a positive sometimes and a negative in others.
During the fourth quarter against Bowling Green -- entirely his fault or not -- he threw two interceptions in three pass attempts.
“I want Caleb to go out and play well, but again it’s a situation where … it’s no different than at running back,” Edsall said. “You could play three running backs, too. You have quarterbacks that you think can do the job for you, so you just go about it that way.”
If Rowe were to struggle, Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman would likely take the reins of the offense.
It was believed in training camp, before Hills won the job, that Rowe and Garman were battling to be the starter. Locksley said this week that Garman is fine with the Maryland playbook, but it is now a matter of being able to feel comfortable at that pace and direct the offense.
Maryland kicks off against Bowling Green at noon in College Park.