It's not all bad news for the Terps.
The University of Maryland football program received good news on Friday, as transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was ruled eligible to play for the Terrapins this fall, the team announced on Friday.
The news that Tagovailoa will be able to play this fall is exactly what Maryland needed. Earlier on Friday, seven Terps opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, including quarterback Josh Jackson.
Maryland had just one scholarship quarterback on the roster, redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre, prior to the announcement that Tagovailoa will be eligible. Now, the two passers are expected to compete for the Terps' starting job this fall.
Tagovailoa announced his intention to transfer to Maryland in May, just a few weeks after his older brother, Tua, was selected fifth overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 NFL Draft. Last fall, Taulia, a freshman at the time, was the third-string quarterback for the University of Alabama behind Tua and Mac Jones.
When the younger Tagovailoa originally committed to Alabama in 2018, he thought he would have the chance to work under Locksley, who was Alabama's offensive coordinator at the time. Two years later, Tagovailoa will now get that chance, and perhaps one year earlier than he may have expected.
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