Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has named junior Perry Hills the team's starting quarterback, as reflected in the two-deep depth chart released by the program on Friday night.
The news of Hills as the starter is somewhat expected, after Edsall said on Monday that Hills was leading the three-man race, slightly ahead of graduate transfer Daxx Garman and fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe.
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The slight surprise comes at backup quarterback. Rowe beat out Garman, Edsall says because of the redshirt senior's performance in the team's final two scrimmages of training camp.
Earlier in the week, Edsall had slotted Rowe as the third player in the race, but the situation changed over the course of the week.
Check back to CSNMidAtlantic.com for more on the quarterback situation at Maryland.
D.J. Durkin, head football coach at the University of Maryland, was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday as the school investigates claims of abuse and actions which may have led to the June death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
The Randallstown, Md. native collapsed during an outdoor team workout on May 29 and died two weeks later. ESPN is reporting his death to be the result of an official heatstroke.
On Sunday, Governor Larry Hogan shared his thoughts on the matter:
Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, issued his own statement Saturday sharing "I am profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student-athletes on the team."
Loh also announced Matt Canada will serve as interim head football coach.
Durkin is preparing to enter his third season at Maryland. The team begins the 2018 season September 1 at home hosting Texas.
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After allegations of abuse came to light Friday, Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave effective immediately, Maryland Athletic Director, Damon Evans announced Saturday evening.
In his absence, Matt Canada will take over as interim head coach.
Maryland & AD Evans released a statement on the decision:
University of Maryland's President, Wallace Loh, issued this statement about the football program soon after: