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Edsall explains why he made QB change now, pre-USF


Edsall explains why he made QB change now, pre-USF

COLLEGE PARK -- Caleb Rowe was Maryland’s presumed starting quarterback after C.J. Brown officially exhausted his eligibility following the 2014 season.

It took a second ACL surgery, an arduous training camp battle, and the realization that he would be the team’s backup behind junior Perry Hills for the first two games of the 2015 season to get him to this point.

But after a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday, Rowe is listed as the starting QB as Maryland prepares for South Florida.

Rowe will not be available for comment to the media until Wednesday, but head coach Randy Edsall spoke Tuesday about the decision to shuffle the depth chart at the quarterback position after the loss to Bowling Green.

“Perry’s a great kid and he competed and everything else,” he said. “I just saw some things there that I didn’t think we were getting the things done that we need to get done in order for us to be who we need to be offensively.”


That would include, but not be limited to, getting the ball down the field consistently, finding play-making wide receivers like Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, and D.J. Moore in space, and sustaining drives so there is less strain on Maryland’s defense.

“By making the switch, I think it’s going to allow us to be a little bit more versatile and do some of the things that we’d like to be able to do,” Edsall went on to say. “Be able to put more pressure on the defense.”

That pressure will come from the vertical passing game, which Rowe has shown in the past he can exploit.

The hope is that by stretching the field vertically, underneath passes show themselves, as well as opportunities in the running game.

Edsall has maintained since camp that the quarterback competition is an open one and it will remain so, with Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman listed as his backup on this week’s two-deep depth chart.

“We want Caleb to play well and I think he’s a little bit better now than what he was going into camp, physically as well as mentally,” Edsall said. “So we’ll move from there.”

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.