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What can Maryland fans expect from quarterback Will Ulmer?
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Matt Bracken: At some point during the Terps’ recruitment of Ulmer, the four-star prospect sat down for some film study with Mike Locksley. During one session, the Maryland offensive coordinator popped in tape of a quarterback he coached before that shared some similarities with Ulmer. So who was this mystery signal-caller?
“Juice Williams,” Ulmer said. “[Locksley thought we were similar because of] just the dual-threat thing and making plays.”
In 2008, with Locksley serving as the Illini’s offensive coordinator, Williams threw for 3,173 yards and 22 touchdowns, completing 57.5 percent of his passes in addition to rushing for 719 yards and five touchdowns.
Ulmer was quickly sold on Locksley’s credentials as an offensive coordinator, and how he would fit into what Maryland wants to run.
“I think it’s an Oregon-type system, a zone pass and read type system,” Ulmer said. “It fits my style.”
Ulmer will have plenty of competition at quarterback once he arrives at Maryland. But just like the Terps’ QB recruit in the previous class – Gilman’s Shane Cockerille – Ulmer is a good enough athlete to play multiple positions. That’s obviously not the plan when you have someone as highly touted as Ulmer – or, for that matter, an Elite 11 guy like Cockerille. But the bottom line is that Maryland will have options under center.
Joe Patterson, Ulmer’s coach at St. John’s (D.C.), said the future Terp is “as fast an athlete as I’ve ever coached.” Patterson praised Ulmer for his work ethic and his accuracy.
“He can make every throw on the field,” Patterson said. “I think that honestly [the Terps] have a lot of young talent at skill positions. [Ulmer] complements what they already have. He gives them another weapon. Coach Locksley will certainly find a way to utilize his talents.”