COLLEGE PARK -- It won't matter who was second and who was third on last year's quarterback depth chart. It won't matter who was brought into the mix in the offseason from which school with however many starts under their belt.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has laid the groundwork for the merit-based methodology that he intends to use to evaluate his available quarterbacks and it has produced an initial result -- surprising or not what those results might be.
Right now, Perry Hills leads the pack, followed closely by Daxx Garman second, with fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe in third, as Edsall announced Monday during a radio appearance on ESPN 980.
"I don't know who anointed anybody, to tell you the truth," Edsall told the media before practice Tuesday. "Alls I know is anything that has come from the coaching staff as we always said it was going to be a competition and that was known right from the get-go.
"If somebody didn't take that to heart, that's their problem. That's not my problem because, again, this is a results-oriented business and it's the stuff that's there on paper and if you don't go by what you say, you really don't have a whole lot of credibility."
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After the graduation of sixth-year senior C.J. Brown, Maryland has much to figure out at the quarterback position -- not only who will play it but how it will be played.
In 2014, the offense under Brown's watch was heavily based on the read-option. Now, there are three ACL surgeries between these three quarterbacks (two for Rowe, one for Hills) and the fact that one is picking up this offense for the first time as a graduate transfer, Garman.
"That's how you've got to evaluate it. If not, why do you come out and practice?" Edsall said.
"If you come out and practice and all the sudden somebody thinks they got a job and they come out there and they stink it up and they don't work hard and they don't perform, you're going to stick with them and their job? I don't think so."
Edsall said Tuesday that the depth chart would be "pretty much ... decided" going into Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage.
Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.
After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.
He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.
A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.
With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.
He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.
Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.
On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.
With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.
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