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Edsall: Former third-string QB leader 'right now' to start

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Edsall: Former third-string QB leader 'right now' to start

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, during a radio appearance on ESPN 980 Monday, said that junior quarterback Perry Hills is the leader to win the starting job, now less than two weeks before the team’s opener on Sept. 5 against Richmond.

“We went into Saturday and then came out after Saturday after we evaluated that and right now Perry is No. 1 with Daxx [Garman] being a very close second and then Caleb [Rowe] would be third right now,” Edsall said.

“The good thing is, guys, that I can always feel good about is we tell the kids up front. We tell them exactly what’s going on. We told them it was going to be a competition. We told them here are the that things we’re going to evaluate through the practices and … they’re going to determine it.”

Hills took snaps with the first team during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, which Edsall maintained was a product of the staff’s evaluation through two weeks of camp.

The junior threw two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice.

For much of the preseason, it appeared the battle was between Garman and Rowe, but Edsall’s decision prior to Saturday’s scrimmage has shifted the race.

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“The one thing that I told all of them yesterday, brought them each in individually, sat them down, told them where they were,” Edsall said, going on to recount his conversations with each player.

“Perry, if you want to stay No. 1 just keep playing that way and doing the things you’re supposed to.

“Daxx, if you want to overtake him, here’s a couple things you need to do.

“Caleb, here’s the things you haven’t done and that you’ve got to pick it up if you want the opportunity.”

Hills has experience as a starter at Maryland. During the 2012 season, which was so plagued by injuries at quarterback that the Terrapins eventually used a linebacker under center, Hills played in seven games. A torn ACL ended his season. 

He completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions that year.

In 2014, with Rowe lost to a season-ending injury and starter C.J. Brown injured against Iowa, Hills entered and completed five of his 10 passes to help Maryland to a win over the Hawkeyes.

“[Winning the starting job is] obviously my goal,” Hills said on Saturday. “Honestly, I think [the competition] makes you better. Having every guy not just sitting there and having the position you pretty much have to fight every day to try and win a spot.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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