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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley is back at it again on the recruiting trail.

On Monday, former Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson announced his decision to transfer to Maryland. Jackson is the second quarterback in the last three weeks to commit to Maryland, as Locksley landed four-star prospect Lance LeGendre over Florida State on National Signing Day earlier this month.

Jackson has two years remaining of eligibility, and will be able to play for the Terrapins immediately.

The former Hokie entered the 2018 season as the starting quarterback, but suffered a season-ending injury in September. In 2017, Jackson started all 13 games for Virginia Tech, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding another 324 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Hokies went 9-4.

It's been a very busy offseason for the Terrapins quarterback room. Kasim Hill, who started the first 10 games of Maryland's season a year ago, announced he was entering the NCAA's transfer portal on Feb. 8.

Hill is currently recovering from a left ACL tear, his second ACL tear in as many years. 

After adding Jackson, the transfer will most likely compete with senior Tyrrell Pigrome for the Terrapins starting quarterback position. Pigrome entered the 2017 season as the Terps starter, but tore his ACL in Maryland's Week 1 victory over Texas. Hill beat our Pigrome for the starting position in 2018, but Pigrome closed the season out as Maryland's starter after Hill got hurt.

It's very evident that one of Locksley's main priorities after being named head coach was upgrading the quarterback position. The Terrapins aerial attack struggled significantly in 2018. In his 10 starts, Hill failed to throw over 100 yards in six of them. That's not good.

While there is no guarantee that Maryland's quarterback play will improve in 2019, one thing is for sure: the quarterback room will look a lot different.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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