Back when he first drew up his own plays while watching his favorite college football teams on television, dreaming of becoming a coach, Walt Bell didn’t have a third-string quarterback taking a snap.
The only time the second-year Maryland offensive coordinator witnessed that firsthand came in 2008, as his coaching career was starting as a graduate assistant at Memphis.
“We lost three quarterbacks in a span of about 20 plays at East Carolina,” Bell recalled Wednesday. “We had to play the last four games with a combination of tailbacks and a walk-on quarterback. You do what you can. You try to survive.”