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Randy Edsall and the rejection of 'insurance policy' moves


Randy Edsall and the rejection of 'insurance policy' moves

COLLEGE PARK -- Oklahoma State quarterback transfer Daxx Garman is not walking into a backup job at Maryland. He's not walking into a starting job necessarily, either.

That much head coach Randy Edsall made clear on Monday at his team's media day in College Park.

"One thing is that I didn't bring anybody in here to be an insurance policy," Edsall said. "We bring people in here because we feel that they can compete and start and help us win in the Big Ten."

Garman, instead, will compete with fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe for the right to start in the program's Sept. 5 opener against Richmond. Edsall also says junior Perry Hills will be in the mix.

For Garman, there were surely opportunities at schools where he could have been handed the job as a starter. But the graduate transfer says it was a series of conversations with Edsall that convinced him to come to College Park.


"When we talked about the position, he said, 'You come to compete every day,'" Garman recalled. "That's what I came here to do.

"I feel like Maryland's on the uprise, you know, joining the Big Ten they're playing in one of the Big 5 conferences. It's a great environment and the coaches here are incredible and I really enjoy being around them and spending time learning and trying to pick their brain and pick up on different things."

Regardless of his fate as a starter or backup in 2015, Rowe will be with the Maryland program in 2016 as well. Because he has missed the majority of two seasons with injuries including another knee injury last season, he was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA. It is the same waiver that gave former Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown a sixth year of eligibility.

That doesn't put plans on hold, though.

"I want to play right now. I don't want to wait. I want to play right away," Rowe told CSN. "It feels good to have [the extra year] in my back pocket, but it's about this season."

"It's not an insurance policy at all," Edsall reiterated. "[Garman] is here to compete just like Perry [Hills] is going to compete and Caleb knows he's got to compete. So I think that's a healthy situation."

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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.