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How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe


How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe

COLLEGE PARK -- On the bus ride back from Morgantown following Maryland’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia, quarterback Caleb Rowe sat with Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and combed through the aftermath.

On a tablet, they watched film of Rowe’s four-interception day, a game in which the redshirt senior was pulled in favor of Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman in the third quarter.

“You can’t dwell on that last play because you’ve got to put yourself in a position to learn from it as quickly as you can and try to bounce back,” Locksley said. “The minute we got on the bus for the ride home, he and I sat together and we watched the game to put it behind us so that we would start moving forward.”

It was a necessary, albeit painful step for Rowe because he will have to get right back out there. Just one day after the loss, head coach Randy Edsall reiterated that Rowe would be the team’s starter against Michigan. 

“I thought it was good, just having that one-on-one with Coach Locks,” Rowe said. “Immediately trying to get better and getting ready for Michigan, it’s something he was able to help me make the corrections and it really kind of bugged me the whole bus ride. I really tried to focus in on what my job is and not try to do too much.”


In part, these are some of the mistakes Maryland knows will happen when putting a gunslinger like Rowe into the game. The field is instantly stretched vertically and there is the threat of going deep, but interceptions happen.

But again and again, he comes back out -- almost to a fault.

“It’s a short memory and you have to have it when you play that position,” Locksley said. “That’s the thing with Caleb which kind of sometimes for me is a little irritating is he doesn’t get fazed by it a lot.”

Saturday could bring one of two scenarios.

With heavy rain expected in College Park, perhaps Maryland has no choice but to run the football for the majority of the game. That would mean less is expected of Rowe through the air if conditions are so adverse that the deep ball he specializes in doesn’t not become an option.

Or even more could be asked of Rowe. Michigan’s defense ranks No. 6 in the nation in yards allowed per rush at just 2.6. Yes, 2.6 yards per carry by Wolverine opponents.

If the running game isn’t there (and if Maryland falls behind) it will be Rowe’s arm that is leaned on to get the Terrapins back in the game.

How that turns out might hinge on that meeting Saturday on Maryland’s team bus.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.