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Tracking the Terps

Will Ulmer remains focused on playing quarterback for Terps

Baltimore Sun Media Group

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Randy Edsall made a deal with Will Ulmer before the highly touted athlete signed with the Terps in February.

"I told Will during the recruiting process that he’ll be a quarterback until he comes to me and tells me he doesn’t want to be a quarterback,” Edsall said.

For now, Ulmer, who was ranked as a four-star athlete by ESPN, remains focused on playing quarterback.

Ulmer practiced strictly as a quarterback during the first week of Maryland’s preseason practice. When asked whether he is considering switching to another position, he responded: "Nah."

But that could always change.

Ulmer was primarily a running quarterback in high school at St. John's in Washington, D.C., and he played mostly wide receiver during the Under Armour All-American game.

Ulmer likes playing quarterback. However, his skill set appears better suited for a position like wide receiver.

At 6 feet, 190 pounds, Ulmer said he has run the 40-yard dash in as fast as 4.38 seconds, an excellent time even for NFL players. He also said he ran a 10-yard split of 1.43 seconds during summer testing at Maryland, which is the equivalent of a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.

Ulmer also is admittedly a work in progress as a quarterback. He has taken extra coaching during practice to get down footwork and throwing mechanics, and he does not have the same arm strength or accuracy that the Terps' other quarterbacks possess.

It also remains to be seen whether he can efficiently read defenses and consistently make the right decisions with the ball.

Nonetheless, Ulmer is currently working as a quarterback and will do so until he decides otherwise.

"Just [focusing on] accuracy and stuff and just passer efficiency,” Ulmer said. “I was a running quarterback in high school, but I’m looking to develop more as a passer, too.”

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