Times are tough to play quarterback at the University of Maryland.
This week, the Terps lost their third quarterback for the season when freshman Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury. Wide reciever Marcus Leak will also miss the remiander of the year with a fractured toe.
“Obviously this is something that is very tough on both of these guys and our team,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “I feel for both Devin and Marcus because I know they want to be out there competing. Both have been team-first guys who have done everything we have asked, and we will be here to support them as they begin the rehab process.”
Before the season began, Maryland lost presumed-starter C.J. Brown for the season to a torn ACL in his knee. Brown's understudy Perry Hills then became starting QB, and despite some up-and-down performances, generally the true freshman performed well. Until last week, when Hills went down with the same injury that took out Brown, a torn ACL.
Hills was relieved in last Saturday's Maryland loss to N.C. State by Devin Burns. Burns, who switched to wide reciever at Maryland only to switch back to quarterback this season, played well in relief of Hills.
Burns ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in his time against the Wolfpack, but he did not finish the game. Caleb Rowe, a true freshman, quarterbacked the Terps during the last two minutes of the game. Rowe will start this Saturday's game against Boston College.
In his brief appearance, Rowe completed two passes for 50 yards and put the Terps in a position to win. Unfortunately, the Terps last-second field goal attempt hit the post and missed.
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.
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.
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