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Why Edsall maintains it's still 3-horse race at QB

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Why Edsall maintains it's still 3-horse race at QB

Watch Edsall’s full comments in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

Maryland junior quarterback Perry Hills was first in line for snaps at Saturday’s open scrimmage at Byrd Stadium in College Park -- ahead of graduate transfer Daxx Garman and fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe.

It’s part of the ongoing battle for the Maryland starting quarterback job that head coach Randy Edsall maintains is a three-horse race, which he reiterated on Saturday.

“We told everybody it’s a competition,” Edsall said. “And if you ... tell people it’s a competition and then you go and you evaluate everything and it’s right there on paper and you don’t go with what they’ve been doing on the field, then you have credibility problems.

“I think that’s one thing that we don’t have here. When we tell them this is what we’re looking for, this is what we’re going to make decisions based on, then we’ve got to stick to that.”

Translation: The coaching staff was evaluating variables X, Y, and Z (among them "how they handle the huddle, how they handle the line of scrimmage, their production") during training camp. On paper, Hills appeared to check all of those boxes, so that’s what was reflected in Saturday’s scrimmage, with Garman second and Rowe third.

Any deviation from that black-and-white evaluation would mean that the evaluation process isn’t fully merit-based and the open competition wouldn’t be the open competition that it was first thought to be.

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“As we continue to move forward, if we think two guys are very close, then we have to make the decision,” Edsall said. “But we base the decision based upon what they did for these first two weeks in practice.”

The quarterbacks themselves seem to echo the sentiment -- or at least the sense of a true open competition.

“All three of us understand our roles and understand it’s not about us,” Rowe said. “It’s about Maryland football and so I don’t think that I’m trying to hinder these guys at all.

“At the end of the day, I want the best quarterback to play and the best quarterback gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”

Garman, likely the most soft-spoken of the group, said something similar.

“I try to come out every day and give 100 percent, give my full effort and put myself out there for this team,” he said. “If I continue to do that, I feel good.”

“[Being the starter] is obviously my goal,” Hills said. “But to tell you the truth I honestly have no clue what [Edsall] is going to do and which direction he’s going to go.”

Edsall had said earlier this week that the staff would evaluate through the weekend in hopes of soon finding a starter to provide continuity to the offense.

Players are off Sunday, which will provide an opportunity to review film from Saturday’s scrimmage and perhaps move them closer to a decision.

Maryland opens the season Sept. 5 against Richmond in College Park.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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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.