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.