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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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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.