Maryland coach Randy Edsall got his first extensive look at Gage Shaffer during a football camp at Maryland in June, watching as the unheralded 6-foot-7, 205-pound quarterback from Short Gap, W.Va., took part in various drills.
Edsall offered Shaffer a scholarship later that day, and the quarterback accepted.
Shaffer reminds Edsall of veteran NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who was a four-year starter under Edsall at Connecticut from 2001-04 before being selected by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft.
“I think Gage Shaffer is a young man that is a big, tall, athletic guy,” Edsall said. “Had a guy that was very similar to him — maybe an inch...