As four Maryland quarterbacks went down with season-ending injuries, a perfectly healthy Shane Cockerille couldn't help but feel a sense of helplessness.
The Gilman senior watched from the Byrd Stadium stands as his future team struggled through a 4-8 season, knowing if he were just a year older it would be him under center for the Terps.
"It was very frustrating to be up there, be committed, knowing you could be playing," Cockerille said. "They could have easily had seven or eight wins and be in a bowl game. It was frustrating, but I know coming into this year, with this class and last year's class, I'm excited. I can't wait."
An Elite 11 selection, Cockerille grew up rooting for the Terps. He plans to take advantage of his proximity to College Park by attending team meetings during spring practice.
"It's a huge advantage on my part," he said. "I just think I … [have to] be ready to compete. They'll put the best guy on the field."
Cockerille, a wrestler who has been lauded by football scouts for his toughness, has heard positive things about Maryland's football program from former Gilman teammate Kenneth Goins, a redshirt freshman fullback for the Terps.
"I think [Maryland football is] coming back up," Cockerille said. "I think the years to come will be awesome."
Here's an introduction to Cockerille:
Name: Shane Cockerille
Birthdate: March 6, 1994 Birthplace: Waldorf Hometown: Baltimore
Nickname: "People called me Boogie when I was little, growing up. But not right now, though." Height: 6-2 ¼ Weight: 218 Position: Quarterback High School: Gilman Senior statistics: Rushed for 1,305 yards, 15 touchdowns and threw for 1,106 yards, seven touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com – Three-star prospect, No. 13 player in Maryland, No. 15 dual-threat quarterback; Scout.com – Three-star prospect, No. 47 quarterback; ESPN.com – Four-star prospect, No. 7 player in Maryland, No. 16 dual-threat quarterback, 82 rating; 247Sports.com – Three-star prospect, No. 10 player in Maryland, No. 12 dual-threat quarterback, 89 rating. Bench max: 315 40-yard dash: 4.67
Runner-up school: "I honestly have no idea. I didn't really look that far." Other schools considered: Temple, Navy, Michigan Favorite NFL player: RGIII Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman Favorite music: "I like everything. Lil Wayne, rock, country. It's all good." Favorite movie: "Step Brothers"
Favorite book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Favorite TV show: "No idea." Favorite food: Steak and potatoes Favorite high school class: History Other high school sports: Wrestling, track last year (100 and 200) Hobbies: "I like just hanging out with family and friends, watching TV, reading magazines, playing pickup basketball games, football, stuff like that." Intended major: Undecided Something that not many people know about you: "I'm not sure. I have no idea." Best football moment: "Probably winning the [MIAA A Conference] championship this year." Role model: "I would just say a guy like Tim Tebow, because he's been told all his life he can't do that, and he's proved people wrong." Why Maryland? "It just felt like family. Going up there, everybody loved me and treated me like a king. It's always been a dream to be a Terp, ever since I was a young kid. It's an awesome opportunity for me."