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Despite C.J. Brown's up-and-down career in College Park, he did reach somewhat of a standard of consistency last season by becoming the first Maryland quarterback since Sam Hollenbach in 2006 to start every game in a season. Plus, Brown led the Terps with 539 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. With his graduation, the starting position is up for grabs. Maryland's preseason depth chart lists a three-way battle for the No. 1 spot among rising senior Caleb Rowe (7), junior Perry Hills and Oklahoma State transfer and senior Daxx Garman. The trio have combined to start 18 games in their careers, with 33 passing touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Of the three, Hills has the highest career completion percentage (57 percent), but he also has the least experience, not having started since 2012. Rowe is coming off his second torn left ACL in three seasons and missed spring practice. Garman wasn't ruled eligible until the end of July and is at his third school. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, it's possible that all three could play this fall. As Edsall showed with his handling of Brown over the past two seasons, he's not afraid to change quarterbacks if he feels it gives the Terps their best chance to win.
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When the season ended, Maryland seemed to be in a good place with a returning receiving corps of Marcus Leak, Juwann Winfree, Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs. But Leak (personal reasons) and Winfree (suspension) are gone, leaving what was one of the Terps' most talented positions a year ago thin. Before he missed last season because of a suspension, Levern Jacobs had shown flashes of potential with big games against Clemson and Marshall in 2013. Taivon Jacobs (pictured), his younger brother, is more of an unknown quantity after redshirting in 2013 and suffering a season-ending right knee injury in the season opener last year, but the former four-star recruit has a sprinter's speed and earned high praise last preseason. For the Terps to replace the production of Diggs (62 catches, 792 yards, five touchdowns) and Long (51 catches, 575 yards, two touchdowns) — not to mention Leak (20 catches, 297 yards, three touchdowns) and Winfree (11 catches, 158 yards, two touchdowns) — they'll need marked development out of juniors Amba Etta-Tawo and Malcolm Culmer. The duo have received plenty of opportunities the past two years, but neither grasped a starting job. Culmer will compete with Taivon Jacobs for a starting spot, and Etta-Tawo is listed as a starter in front of true freshman D.J. Moore.
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Entering fall camp, the Maryland football team has a number of questions leading up to its second year in the Big Ten Conference. After some notable offseason departures, the attention turns to who will step up as the Terps try to make their third straight bowl appearance under fifth-year coach Randy Edsall. Here are five storylines to watch when Maryland opens practice Monday.
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