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How praise and precaution defined Rowe's start vs. USF

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How praise and precaution defined Rowe's start vs. USF

COLLEGE PARK -- After throwing two interceptions in three pass attempts in the fourth quarter last week against Bowling Green, Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe threw an interception that brought an end to his team’s first drive on Saturday against USF.

“I’m sure people thought, ‘Oh, God, here we go,’” head coach Randy Edsall said after the game.

Edsall is spot-on because it sure didn’t look good. That interception set USF up inside the Maryland red zone and the Bulls quickly took a 7-0.

For all the things Rowe improves about this offense, turnovers have been the concern. And that was a bad way to start after the coach had handed you the keys to the offense.

But Rowe fought back, eventually hitting his stride and finishing 21-of-33 for 297 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

“I’m expected to throw touchdowns. I’m expected to not throw interceptions,” Rowe said. “I just got to play better, got to be smarter with the football and make better decisions and not try to force things.”

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Edsall was even-handed in his praise and critique of Rowe. He recognized the positives, but also pointed out the flaws.

“As a quarterback, you can’t throw three picks. Those picks led to their points,” Edsall said. “Those are the things we can’t have going forward.”

In some ways, Maryland is dealing with the same sort of problem with Rowe as the Washington Redskins are with Kirk Cousins. In this sense:

It is clear that Maryland’s offense functions more efficiently under Rowe than it did under Perry Hills. The touchdown strike to Taivon Jacobs down the far sideline and the 49-yard pass to Levern Jacobs that set up another score prove that.

That's before mentioning how he threaded the needle to tight end Avery Edwards in the end zone for a touchdown, one of two to the freshman on the day.

But at the same time, interceptions and poor decisions will be magnified as Big Ten play begins and teams make the Terrapins pay more often and more harshly for their mistakes.

“Caleb knows that,” Edsall said. “Alls you can do as a coach is show that to him and go out and prepare during the week and you hope he learns and he grows from it.”

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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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.