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Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman out for year after shoulder surgery

College Park — Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman had surgery on his right shoulder Thursday and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Saturday.

Interim coach Mike Locksley said Garman had been "banged up" the last few weeks and an MRI earlier this week showed Garman needed surgery.


Garman relieved quarterback Caleb Rowe in a 45-6 loss to West Virginia and a 28-0 loss to Michigan earlier this season, and he was 6-for-18 for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Garman transferred to Maryland from Oklahoma State in late May and was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in preseason camp. But Garman struggled to pick up the playbook, and he emerged from camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Perry Hills and Rowe.


When Rowe was elevated to the starter before the third game of the season against South Florida, Garman became the No. 2 quarterback. But even with Rowe's interception struggles — 12 in parts of five games — Garman couldn't seize the job in his third-quarter relief appearances against West Virginia and Michigan.

Garman's Maryland debut was the brightest spot of his season. In the loss at West Virginia on Sept. 26, he completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jahrvis Davenport to break the Mountaineers' shutout late.

Garman was listed as a co-starter along with Hills and Rowe before Maryland's game at No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 10 -- former coach Randy Edsall said it would be a game-time decision -- but Hills seized the starting job and Garman tumbled back down the depth chart.

On Oct. 20, Locksley said Garman was "a little banged up," which was one of the factors in moving fullback Shane Cockerille back to quarterback.

Garman was lauded as a "football junkie" by Edsall at the team's media day back in August, and he was praised for his dedication to learning Maryland's playbook. He brought eye-catching numbers with him from Oklahoma State — in a primetime matchup against Texas Tech last season, he threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns — and the arm talent to give the Terps the aerial attack they lacked with C.J. Brown under center the past two years.

But while competing against two quarterbacks in Hills and Rowe who were in their fourth year in Locksley's offensive system, Garman couldn't quite take advantage of his opportunities with his physical talents.