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.”