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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 Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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