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Trio of QB co-starters highlights changes to Terps depth chart


Trio of QB co-starters highlights changes to Terps depth chart

Maryland has made a handful of changes to its newly released two-deep depth chart, including the expected move of re-opening the quarterback competition.

The starter as quarterback remains undetermined, reflected on the depth chart as Daxx Garman, Caleb Rowe, and Perry Hills all listed as co-starters.

Head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday that all three players were in the mix.

“We’re going to make a decision that we feel is best for our team moving forward,” Edsall said, “and what we feel we need to do in order to be successful and move the ball and do the things that we need to do.”

Edsall also said Sunday that he may not publicly announce who will start under center until game time on Saturday.


Here are additional changes to the two-deep:

- Freshman Avery Edwards makes his first appearance on the two-deep depth chart, listed as a co-starter at tight end along with P.J. Gallo and Derrick Hayward. Edwards has by far been Maryland’s most productive tight end option in the receiving game, catching nine passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.

- As expected, defensive tackle David Shaw is off the depth chart after undergoing surgery to repair an elbow injury. He will be lost for the remainder of the season. Junior Azubuike Ukandu takes his place, with Kingsley Opara backing him up.

- Cavon Walker slots in behind Quinton Jefferson as a backup in place of Opara, who moved over to replace the backup spot created by Ukandu moving up.

- Jalen Brooks moves to the Will linebacker position to replace senior Jefferson Ashiru, who is out for the year with an ankle injury. Isaiah Davis backs him up, replacing the injured Brett Zanotto.

- Avery Thompson moves up and becomes the starter at the Sam linebacker spot, replacing Brooks. Denzel Conyers, who has mostly seen time in Maryland’s secondary, becomes the backup behind him.

- Josh Woods backs up Anthony Nixon at safety, filling the void left by Conyers moving to linebacker.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.