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Maryland QB Report: 'Not every throw you make is life or death'


Maryland QB Report: 'Not every throw you make is life or death'

COLLEGE PARK -- Tuesday marked Maryland’s second practice of the preseason that was open to the media, meaning the second chance to get a look at the quarterback battle between, mainly, Daxx Garman and Caleb Rowe.

Here is the latest.

Evaluating Daxx Garman

Garman took snaps with the first team on Tuesday, which was a departure from the plan on Friday when different quarterbacks took snaps with different teams.

He started slowly, unable to complete his first three passes and throwing an interception on a deep ball to the near corner of the end zone that was picked off by safety A.J. Hendy.

“I’ve just got to come out and start strong,” Garman said, going on to explain the reason for his interception. “It’s just a Hail Mary. We’re just trying to throw it into the end zone, give the guy a chance to go up and get a jump ball.”

Garman would settle down after that, thanks mostly to a shift to shorter passes -- into the flat, on screens, and on short slants. That included a touchdown pass in a red zone situation to Amba Etta-Tawo.

Of the two quarterbacks, Garman was the only one Tuesday to get snaps in zone-read schemes, which could still remain part of the offense despite the shift in quarterback styles from last year’s starter, C.J. Brown, to either Garman or Rowe.


Evaluating Caleb Rowe

Rowe did not have the best day on Friday, the last time practice was open to the media, and admittedly some issues persisted into Saturday.

But by Tuesday, Rowe said, he felt like some of the technical and mechanical issues he encountered last week had been ironed out and that he was “feeling more comfortable.”

“I didn’t have a great day on Saturday and I’m able to accept that,” Rowe told CSN. “But I come back out here and I just get better, work hard.

“I don’t even worry about the competition. I’m just trying to be the best quarterback I can be and at the end of the day, if that doesn’t work out, that doesn’t work out.”

Rowe, too, threw an interception. It was one of two by sophomore cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu. He would settle into the short game, as Garman did, and end up with a nice completion percentage and no additional turnovers.

What Randy Edsall Is Saying

Edsall stressed that he would let the week play out before making a final decision on the starting quarterback and other hotly contested spots. By doing that, he said, he would avoid making a decision “too soon.”

“We'll get to a point where if they don't decide it based on what they're doing, then that's a call that myself and the coaches will have to make with that,” Edsall said.

“It's just a matter of making sure that you're doing the right thing and just seeing all the things you need to do.

“We don't play for two weeks, but it's like anything else. You'd like to see guys just jump ahead of other people and you know sometimes it's hard,” he continued.

“Caleb hadn't practiced in the spring coming off that ACL. Daxx came in as a transfer and still trying to learn, get comfortable with everything and then Perry [Hills] is there.”

For Rowe, he tells CSN that the longer view of the position battle is something of a relief.

“It gives a little bit of relief knowing that not every throw you make is life or death,” he said. “It’s more a body of work.”

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 


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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft


NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft