COLLEGE PARK -- After the Maryland offense stalled with Perry Hills at quarterback against Bowling Green and Caleb Rowe replaced him, proceeding to throw two interceptions in three pass attempts, there was a question.
Why didn’t Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman get a shot?
It turns out that was really just a matter of the constraints of time, with the Terrapin defense unable to get a stop that would allow Garman into the game late in Saturday’s 48-27 loss.
This week brought a shuffling of the depth chart at the position and Garman will not be the starter, though he shifts up one spot officially into the backup role. So what is still holding him back as the position still seems to be in flux?
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley says it’s not related to understanding the playbook.
“[Garman] has a pretty full toolbox in terms of understanding our concepts as well as defense,” he explained.
“The big thing with him has been just the command part of it and running and orchestrating the no-huddle part and he’s a lot more comfortable. I’ve seen him get better with that each week and, like I said the first week, it was a close competition.”
Locksley reiterated that there was no “landslide winner” at quarterback coming out of camp. With the inherent injury concerns that come with Rowe under center, the staff obviously hopes that no setbacks occur, but the reality is that Garman is ready if needed.
“He was in the mix from the very beginning,” head coach Randy Edsall said this week.
“It’s hard to come in and when you come in and we’re not allowed to meet with the kids until August and to be able to learn everything in that short period of time is tough. He’s No. 2 right now. He’s a guy that we have confidence in. Hope we don’t have to use him, but again it’s no different than any other position.”
It’s no different in the sense that Maryland needs production. Badly. And the search for that production begins Saturday at noon against South Florida.