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Terps WR: Rowe will 'shock a lot of people' as starting QB

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Terps WR: Rowe will 'shock a lot of people' as starting QB

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s offense was anemic, especially in the passing game, in Saturday’s 48-27 blowout loss to Bowling Green. So the staff made a switch, inserting quarterback Caleb Rowe as the starter in the week leading up to a date with South Florida.

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was asked on Wednesday if Caleb Rowe, who he called a “gunslinger,” gives Maryland the best chance of stretching the field vertically -- the biggest point of emphasis this week. Locksley answered bluntly.

“That’s why we named him the starter.”

Unlike the past two seasons when Rowe would only seen game action if there were an injury to starter C.J. Brown, the senior has now been handed the keys to the car. It is his offense until his play dictates otherwise.

And for the first time publicly on Wednesday, Locksley intimated that leadership and intangibles were something Rowe was lacking in the preseason. That was, in part, what led the coaching staff to name Perry Hills the team’s Week 1 starter.

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“I do see a different side of him now that he has been named the starter from the standpoint of coming in and preparing the way that a starter needs to prepare,” Locksley said.

“It comes along with the territory of being a starting quarterback and so the expectation is that he performs and he leads as that role.”

Head coach Randy Edsall has said he believes Rowe is healthier or at least more comfortable with his health than he was at the start of training camp. That, too, likely helped Hills gain an edge over Rowe in camp.

“I was making the right reads, but ... my footwork wasn’t where I wanted it and my timing wasn’t where I wanted it,” Rowe said on Wednesday.

“As things progressed, I feel a lot more comfortable and it’s easier to make reads when you’re comfortable with your feet.”

The change at quarterback comes in hand with a change at wide receiver, with sophomore Taivon Jacobs and true freshman D.J. Moore slotted in as starters in hopes of sparking that deep passing game.

And Rowe has their support, too.

“People are going to be shocked when he comes in the game this upcoming week,” Jacobs said. “He’s going to shock a lot of people.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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