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.”