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Maryland QB Report: First half vs. Penn State

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Maryland QB Report: First half vs. Penn State

BALTIMORE -- One of the first things that interim head coach Mike Locksley did was name quarterback Perry Hills the definitive starter for Maryland.

That left some wiggle room to carve out a package for Shane Cockerille (more on that below), but much looked familiar on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore vs. Penn State

Here is an analysis of the quarterback play through 30 minutes.

1) The same game plan

Maryland used Perry Hills as a dual-threat quarterback before the bye week against Ohio State. It was clear from the start that the plan was the same against Penn State. Locksley stuck with a lot of read-option and the occasional shot deep downfield.  

2) But mistakes haunt him

Maryland’s first three drives all made it into Penn State territory, but two of them ended in Hills turnovers. On a deep ball in the direction of Malcolm Culmer, he was hit and it was underthrow and intercepted.

Later, he took a designed run to the outside and was hit by a Penn State defender, which knocked the ball free.

3) Some Shane Cockerille action under center

In an attempt to shake up the offense and reduce the number of hits taken by Hills, Locksley shifted former fullback Shane Cockerille to quarterback for a drive in the first half.

He does not look downfield like Hills might, but ran the read-option competently.

Halftime Stats:

Perry Hills: 11-of-14, 111 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Shane Cockerille: No statistics recorded.

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Maryland loses depth quarterback and former starter to injury for several weeks

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Maryland loses depth quarterback and former starter to injury for several weeks

Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager suffered a lower-body stress fracture that is expected to keep him out for eight weeks, head coach Mike Locksley told reporters Saturday.

It is a tough blow for the redshirt junior who has started in nine games in three years during his career with the Terps, and it further cements him behind the top quarterbacks vying for the starting job.

Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson still remains the frontrunner to be named starter competing against Tyrrell Pigrome. That leaves Bortenschlager likely competing just to stay third on the depth chart.

Losing a third-string quarterback for eight weeks is not a major blow for most programs. Maryland, however, is not most programs. The Terps seem to lose quarterbacks the way most people lose socks in the laundry.

In the past five years, Maryland has had seven different quarterbacks throw at least 45 passes in a season.

The loss of Bortenschlager may just be a depth loss...for now. But will that injury loom large into the season?

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How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason

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How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason

There are almost two-dozen Terps in the NFL. Some are seasoned veterans and some are rookies, but they're Terps all the same.

From College Park to Houston to Green Bay to Minnesota to Washington, the NFL is littered with former Maryland standouts.

Here's how each former Terp did in the 2019 preseason opener:

Jesse Aniebonam, Texans (Maryland 2014-18) — Aniebonam made one tackle against the Packers in his Texans debut.

Jermaine Carter, Jr., Panthers (Maryland 2014-17) — Carter served as a game captain against the Bears. He played but did not register on the stat sheet.

Byron Cowart, Patriots (Maryland 2018) — The former No. 1 overall recruit and Auburn Tiger-turned-Terp notched a tackle and half a sack in his Patriots debut. Cowart, a fifth-round pick, had battled a couple of minor injuries in camp, but still performed well in game action.

Vernon Davis, Redskins (Maryland 2003-05) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Sean Davis, Steelers (Maryland 2012-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Stefon Diggs, Vikings (Maryland 2012-14) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Michael Dunn, Dolphins (Maryland 2014-16) — Dunn played against the Falcons but didn't make any waves, which is actually a good thing for an offensive lineman.

Trey Edmunds, Steelers (Maryland 2016) — Edmunds carried the ball five times for 19 yards against the Buccanneers. He was also targeted once in the passing game.

Derwin Gray, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Gray played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

AJ Hendy, Texans (Maryland 2011-15) — Hendy tallied two tackles against the Packers. 

JC Jackson, Patriots (Maryland 2016-17) — Jackson had a pass breakup against the Lions but did not register a tackle. It feels similar to his stat lines at Maryland.

Ty Johnson, Lions (Maryland 2015-18) — Johnson led the Lions with 22 yards rushing against the Patriots. His 7.3 yards per carry mimicked his typical output in College Park.

Darius Kilgo, Lions (Maryland 2011-14) — A two-time Super Bowl champion, Kilgo knocked down one pass at the line of scrimmage against the Patriots.

DJ Moore, Panthers (Maryland 2015-17) — Moore did not play in Week 1.

Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars (Maryland 2013-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Damian Prince, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Prince played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

Darnell Savage, Packers (Maryland 2015-18) — Savage is still recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed and did not play 

Torrey Smith, Panthers (Maryland 2008-10) — Smith did not play in Week 1.

Cavon Walker, Chiefs (Maryland 2013-17) — The Chiefs play Saturday night against the Bengals.

Tre Watson, Dolphins (Maryland 2018) — A former All-Big Ten selection, Watson notched two solo and two assisted tackles against the Falcons.

Josh Woods, Bears (Maryland 2014-17) — Woods had a standout performance against the Panthers. The safety-turned linebacker forced a fumble and made five solo tackles for the Bears. His bid to make the team last year was hampered by a broken finger, and he still has an uphill battle this season, but this was a big step.

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