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The Stock Broker: New OC Bell explains QB philosophy at Maryland


The Stock Broker: New OC Bell explains QB philosophy at Maryland

Watch Bell's interview with CSN in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

New Maryland offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Walt Bell oversaw an offense at Arkansas State in 2015 that put up nearly 50 points per game during Sun Belt play. He has a vision and he intends to bring that to Maryland. 

The future of who will play the position is not yet certain, with four-star commit Dwayne Haskins still pledged to the program but exploring options with visits and heavy interest from other schools. Maryland has also offered a pair of quarterbacks in recent days, four-star dual-threat QB Devon Modster from California and three-star Alabama QB Tyrrell Pigrome.

Speaking with CSN on Tuesday afternoon, Bell set forth what he expects from a quarterback who plays his system. Here is his answer in full:

"From a physical standpoint, we've had them all shapes and sizes," Bell told CSN. "We've had big slow guys, short little guys. At the end of the day, quarterback play for us is about a couple things.

"Number one, it's about being a stock broker and part of me giving you my money is I have to know that you can minimize error and then once you prove to me that you can take care of the football, manage the football team, not make mistakes just like your stock broker's not going to out there and do something crazy and lose all your money. So number one we've got to find out if a guy can minimize error. He can manage the game. 


"Once he proves that he can do that, then that's when we'll start talking about building to his strengths and allowing him to go out and maximize his strengths and his potential as a football player. So really at the end of the day, there's not a carbon cut-out. There's not a height requirement, he has to be able to run, he has to be able to throw. 

"At the end of the day, you'd like to be able to have a guy who can do both. We want a guy that can throw his way out of a situations, third and threes and fours and fives and sixes when you have to be able to complete footballs to win football games and also at the same time, we want a guy that can create an extra hat in the run game. So we need a guy that can do a little bit of both. 

"We're going draw them up on 3rd-and-4 and a guy may not be open, a guy may fall down and he may put his foot in the ground and go get us a first down and slide, get on the ground so we can play the next play. 

"The ability to take care of the football and then building the offense around that guy's strengths so that he has a chance to be successful and then, yeah, everybody coins the term kind of "dual-threat" but we need a guy that can create when things don't go well, but at the end of the day we got to have a guy that can also throw the ball down the field and make us explosive which will make the run game better."

Maryland's quarterbacks struggled to uphold one major tenant of Bell's offensive blueprint -- avoiding turnovers. Terrapin quarterbacks threw 29 interceptions in 2015, the most of any program in the country by the wide margin of six. 

The quarterback carousel of Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, and Shane Cockerille provided little stability for an offense that overall struggled mightily in the 3-9 season.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta


Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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.