The way Maryland head coach Randy Edsall was talking about redshirt senior quarterback Caleb Rowe just four days ago, it seemed as if there were a good chance Rowe would be the team's third-string QB heading into Week 1 against Richmond.
"He knows the things that he's got to work on. He got to be more consistent," Edsall said at the time. "I mean, that's the one thing. He just hasn't been real consistent in terms of performing the way that he would be capable of performing.
"Maybe it's coming back off the injury. I'm not sure, but when you compare the three guys, they're there based on the performance and the things that we're grading."
Then something must have clicked.
In the days since Edsall said that, Rowe turned things around -- not enough to earn the starting spot but enough to make up ground between himself and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman and pull himself into the backup spot, as reflected in the team's newest depth chart on Friday.
Players are not available for comment until Tuesday, but Edsall spoke about the decision after the release of the news.
"The last two scrimmages, [Rowe] played really well," Edsall said. "He had a really good scrimmage the other day and did well and ended up coming out ahead.
"The one thing was it was close with all those guys, but Caleb really came on in those last two scrimmages."
Garman, who left Oklahoma State in the offseason after he lost his starting job to Mason Rudolph the season prior, is now relegated to third string for now.
Edsall said Friday that the decision to slot Garman third was not an injury consideration, meaning that he is by all accounts healthy right now. It appears Rowe simply won the backup job down the stretch.