Terps football head coach DJ Durkin said he's not yet made a decision on his team's starting quarterback. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
Redshirt junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, who transferred last year from North Carolina with hopes of winning a starting job going into the 2017 season, sat out Maryland's practice Friday with an apparent foot injury.
At the practice, the third of four sessions opened to the media during the preseason, Henderson was seen wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Henderson suffered an ankle injury toward the end of spring practice that caused him to sit out the Red-White game. He later tweeted that he had broken the ankle.
Even before the current injury, it appeared as if both sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome and freshman Kasim Hill had moved ahead of Henderson based on the fact that they were getting more of an opportunity to play with the No. 1 offense.
Second-year Maryland coach DJ Durkin said recently that Henderson was about "95 percent" in terms of his recovery, the extent of which was never fully revealed. At last week's open practice, Henderson looked like he was moving well and even turned the corner on one run.
Durkin, who spoke to the media before practice began Friday, was not asked about the status of Henderson's current injury since he had not been seen wearing the boot. Durkin doesn't appear to have an exact timetable for when he will name the starter for the season opener Sept. 2 at Texas.
"Sometime before the first series of the Texas game, look for the guy who is going to jog out there with the 1s, " Durkin said. "I've said it before, those guys will decide it on the field. I'm not not stuck to a certain day or time. Just keep practicing, keep getting better."
A little more clarity could come Saturday when the Terps hold their second scrimmage at Maryland Stadium. Unlike last Saturday's scrimmage, this one will be open to the media and the public, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Henderson's status for the scrimmage is uncertain, but his participation seems doubtful.
Henderson, a former four-star prospect at Lake Braddock High in Northern Virginia, had transferred to Maryland last summer, citing a family illness for his desire to play closer to home.
In two years with the Tar Heels, Henderson played sparingly behind Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky in 2015, appearing in two nonconference blowouts. He rushed for 53 yards on five carries and threw an incompletion on his only pass attempt. Trubisky started last season and became the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The injury in the spring, which Durkin said was a noncontact injury, allowed Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager, each of whom started one game last season, share the snaps in the spring game.
The arrival of Hill, a four-star prospect at St. John's College High, made it a four-way competition going into preseason practice.
Asked Friday if he had seen any separation among those vying for the No. 1 job — including Bortenschlager — Durkin said, "No big proclamations on quarterback. They're all doing a good job. I feel really good about where we're at at the position.
"We continue to put them in different situations in practice to see how they're going to respond and handle it. They're doing well. They're competing. There's good competition and I think they're making each other better."