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Terps Practice Report 8.18.15: QB battle continues

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Terps Practice Report 8.18.15: QB battle continues

COLLEGE PARK -- Below is the practice report for Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, the second time this preseason that the media have been allowed to openly observe Maryland practices. Take a look.

Sticking to the QB plan -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall reiterated on Monday that he is sticking to his initial timetable regarding the impending decision about who will start at quarterback in the season opener against Richmond.

Edsall continues to mention three players in the mix -- Daxx Garman, Caleb Rowe, and Perry Hills -- but it appears more and more likely that the race is down to two, Garman and Rowe.

“We got time to be able to make a decision,” Edsall told the media Tuesday in College Park. “I always believe that the guys will determine what the decision is.”

Stay tuned to CSN for more on the quarterback battle, including a full QB report, Tuesday morning.

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“Too soon” -- With the quarterback position and other position battles, Edsall says he doesn’t want to make a decision “too soon” and instead allow players to sort it out themselves with their play on the field.

Offensive Play of the Day

In a short-yardage situation near the goal line, Garman found wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on an out route toward the sideline for a score.

Maryland ranked 108th in the nation last season in red zone scoring percentage at just 72 percent (17 TDs and 6 FGs on 32 drives). If the short passing game becomes an option down deep, it could help that percentage rise.

Defensive Play of the Day

On a slant across the middle toward the end of practice, Garman delivered a nice ball in a spot that appeared only the wide receiver could get to it.

But there was cornerback Sean Davis, getting a hand in the way on a nice job of coverage to bat it away.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.