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Maryland QB Battle: First practice impressions of Rowe vs. Garman


Maryland QB Battle: First practice impressions of Rowe vs. Garman

Friday afforded the first opportunity for the media to see Maryland quarterbacks Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman in live practice action as the two compete for the right to start in Week 1 against Richmond.

Evaluating Caleb Rowe

Rowe was inconsistent at times on Friday, including throwing an interception that was brought back for an unofficial six points by defensive back Denzel Conyers.

On that play, Rowe looked out in the flat and Conyers jumped the route to pick it off. At other times, Rowe tried to force passes into coverage or was off target on some deliveries.

“I didn’t step into the throw,” Rowe told CSN. “Didn’t get my hips around and that’s just a technique error. Still trying to get my feet underneath me a little bit with the speed of the game. You know, it’s just you make a mistake and you learn from it.”

“I didn’t have my best day. Made a few mistakes here and there but I felt like I managed the offense pretty well. Past few days, I’ve had really good days and just took a little step back today.”

Most of his attempts came on relatively short passes and there were not many pushes to stretch the field vertically. When the pocket tended to break down, Rowe did a solid job of escaping and gaining what ground he could.


Evaluating Daxx Garman

Garman is smaller in stature than Rowe, which becomes apparent when he gets onto the field in full pads. But he had a better day than Rowe, including the highlight of the day.

On a live pass against the full defense, Garman dropped back and identified wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo matched up with cornerback Sean Davis on a go route up the near sideline. He floated a ball over Davis’ fingertips and into Etta-Tawo’s numbers. He would take it the remaining yards for a touchdown.

“We get a matchup and you’ve got a guy like Amba who can really run, tall guy who can go make a play,” Garman told CSN. “You just try to give him the ball where he can go get it and that’s the best way to do it.”

What Randy Edsall is saying

“They’re competing,” Edsall said. “They’re coming on and, again, we’re going to evaluate it based on how they do in the practices, how they do in the scrimmages and like to make a decision here quicker -- as quickly as I can so we can get some continuity going with a guy in there.

“But, they’re competing and again we’re just going to continue to evaluate it through the next week or so.”

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.